European Union fines Meta, particularly Instagram, for making teens’ data public. The Data Protection Commission of Ireland charged, Instagram in particular, for breaching the General Data Protection Regulations. It was found that Instagram was making the data public of several accounts that belonged to teenagers. Right now, Meta is fined €405 million after a serious investigation by the Data Protection Commission.
Instagram was mishandling the data in two ways, identified by the DPC. First, it was letting the users of 13-17 years of age create business account which resulted in their account being public. In the world of likes and views, children want an increased reach of their content so they were switching from personal account to professional account. Secondly, Instagram was making some private accounts automatically public.
However, Meta claims that they managed the security of each account very carefully with huge scrutiny process. They have also tried to create Instagram with such products that are safe for children. And as for the public by default fine,Finds it the investigation irrelevant because they do not make accounts public by default