Instagram fined 405 million euros for sharing children’s data

Theo Blazetrends, the DPC imposed a €405 million fine on Instagram, making it the second largest fine in history related to rule violations. The incident was discovered last summer, when Instagram automatically shared the contact details of children if they had a business or creator account.

Instagram fined 405 million euros for sharing children's data

Instagram is one of the social networks used by many young users

This is believed to have affected millions of children across the European Union, however the DPC did not provide specific figures. Basically, sharing children’s contact details means adults can contact them.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Meta (which owns Instagram) said: “This investigation focuses on old settings that we updated over a year ago and since then have released many new features to help keep teens safe and their information private.”


According to Facebook’s parent company, anyone under the age of 18 is set to automatically set their account to private when they sign up for Instagram, so only people they know can see what they post. and adults can’t message unfollowed teen accounts.

There is no word yet on the fine on the DPC’s website as the agency plans to publish all the details next week. Before Instagram, Amazon was also fined by DPC up to 746 million euros for acts related to processing customer data. In addition, Meta is also currently facing six other investigations with high fines.

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