Instagram Fined $400 Million for Mishandled Teenagers’ Personal information

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission said by email on Sept. 5, 2022, that it made a final decision on Friday to fine the company 405 million euros ($402 million) for mishandling teenagers’ personal data.

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Instagram Fined $400 Million for Mishandled Teenagers’ Personal information
  • Phone numbers, emails of some teens were public
  • Instagram has changed settings, will appeal

Amazon got the largest fine, which was 746 million euros. Meta’s subsidiary Instagram was fined €405 million by the Irish Data Protection Commission for violating the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

This is the Irish body’s third fine imposed on Meta’s platforms. However, this fine is the second highest in terms of monetary value. Amazon received the highest fine of 746 million euros. The Irish Commission confirmed the penalty, but it declined to comment further.

The Commission imposed the largest fine ever imposed on any Meta’s subsidiary for violating children’s privacy by publishing children’s email addresses and phone numbers. At least six more investigations into Meta’s subsidiaries are still ongoing by the Irish Commission.

According to a Meta spokesperson, the investigation was conducted in light of the company’s old settings, which were updated a year ago, and the company has since introduced several new features to help keep teenagers safe and secure. Their information is kept private.

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