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  • Phone numbers, emails of some teenagers were public
  • Instagram changed settings, will appeal

DUBLIN, September 5 (Reuters) – Ireland’s data privacy regulator has agreed to impose a record fine of 405 million euros ($402 million) on social network Instagram following an investigation into its processing children’s data, a spokesperson for the watchdog said.

Instagram plans to appeal the fine, a spokesperson for parent company Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) said in an emailed statement.

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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“We took our final decision last Friday and it contains a fine of €405 million,” said the spokesperson for Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), the main regulator of Instagram’s parent company. , Meta Platforms Inc (META.O).

Full details of the decision will be released next week, he said.

Instagram updated its settings more than a year ago and has since released new features to keep teens safe and their information private, the Meta spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said Instagram disagreed with how the fine was calculated and was carefully reviewing the decision.

The DPC regulates Facebook, Apple, Google and other tech giants due to the location of their European headquarters in Ireland. He opened more than a dozen investigations into Meta companies, including Facebook and WhatsApp.

WhatsApp was fined a record 225 million euros last year for failing to comply with EU data rules in 2018.

The Irish regulator completed a draft decision in the Instagram inquiry in December and shared it with other European Union regulators as part of the bloc’s “one-stop shop” system for regulating large multinationals.

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Written by Conor Humphries; Editing by Jan Harvey

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