Instagram is set to pay a record fine of €405 million in Ireland. The Irish Data Protection Authority announced on Monday that it would deal with the handling of data from children and young people. Underage users between the ages of 13 and 17 were allowed to operate business accounts on the photo and video platform, which would have allowed them to publish their telephone number and/or email address. Instagram is part of the Meta Platform Group, which owns internet platform Facebook and messenger service WhatsApp. Metta said the Irish would appeal the decision. Instagram also changed its settings a year ago and has since created new ways to keep teens’ data private. Ireland is responsible for this issue as META, as well as large US technology companies such as Apple and Google, have their headquarters in the EU. A number of other cases are pending in Ireland against Metta’s subsidiaries. Last year, WhatsApp was fined a record €225 million for failing to comply with EU data protection laws.
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