Meta Slapped With $400 Million Fine Over Children’s Data Bungle on Instagram

Tech giant said the decision is related to old settings that were updated over a year ago


Ireland’s data watchdog fined Meta $402 million (€405 million) in a long-running investigation that found Instagram allegedly violated the European Union’s data privacy laws protecting children’s privacy online.

The fine is the second largest to date under the General Data Protection Regulation levied by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) against big tech.

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Instagram has been penalized for allegedly letting children operate a business account on its platform, an account type that exposes the account holder’s email address and phone number.

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