Instagram Fined €405 Million Over Handling of Children’s Data

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Sep 14, 2022


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The massive fine for the long-running complaint is the second-highest under the GDPR.

Slapped With Record Fine

The Irish Data Protection Commission has fined Instagram €405 million after an investigation found it violated the personal data of teenagers on the platform. It declared that the social media platform’s mishandling of such info was a breach of the European Union’s data privacy regulations.

“We adopted our final decision last Friday, and it does contain a fine of €405m,” a DPC spokesperson confirmed. “Full details of the decision will be published next week.”

The watchdog’s sentence results from a two-year probe into how Instagram displayed the details of its users aged 13 to 17. These children were allowed to operate business accounts, which showed their phone numbers and emails. In addition, their accounts were set to “public” by default.

This is the second-largest penalty under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) after Amazon’s €746 million fine last year.

It is the third time the DPC has penalized Meta-owned companies for failing to comply with regulations. 

In September 2021, messaging platform WhatsApp received a €225 million punishment for not appropriately informing EU citizens about how it collected and used their data. Earlier this year, there was a smaller €17 million fine for poor record keeping of security breaches.

Meta has said that it will appeal the decision.


Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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