Meta faces a fine of 402 million dollars from the EU

Meta has been fined 405 million euros ($402 million) by the Irish Data Protection Commission for its management of the privacy settings of children on Instagram. The application would indeed have violated the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

A DPC spokesperson said further details of the decision would be available next week. Instagram plans to appeal the fine, a spokesperson for its parent company, Meta, said in an emailed statement.

The fine stems from the photo-sharing app’s privacy settings on child-managed accounts. The DPC had investigated Instagram’s use of work accounts by children, which made personal data such as email addresses and phone numbers public. The survey also covered Instagram’s policy of making all new accounts, including teens, publicly visible by default.

The survey, which began in 2020, focused on child users between the ages of 13 and 17 authorized to manage business accounts, which made it easier to publish the phone number and/or email address. user’s email.

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