Instagram is billed by the Irish regulators to the tune of €405m for violating children’s privacy in the country.
The violation is a long-running complaint concerned with children’s data – particularly their phone numbers and email addresses.
According report, some reportedly upgraded to business accounts to access analytics tools such as profile visits, without realising this made more of their data public.
“We adopted our final decision last Friday and it does contain a fine of €405m [£349m],” Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) said.
This makes the third fine handed to the company by the Irish regulator, However, Instagram’s owner, Meta, said it planned to appeal against the decision.
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“This inquiry focused on old settings that we updated over a year ago and we’ve since released many new features to help keep teens safe and their information private.
“Anyone under 18 automatically has their account set to private when they join Instagram, so only people they know can see what they post and adults can’t message teens who don’t follow them.
“While we’ve engaged fully with the DPC throughout their inquiry, we disagree with how this fine was calculated and intend to appeal it.
“We’re continuing to carefully review the rest of the decision.” A Meta official told BBC News