According to various media, including the British BBC, Instagram must pay a fine of 405 million euros for violating the privacy of children. In this case, the claimant is the Irish DPA, which probably also confirmed the facts by email. Part of the allegations are alleged to have been the publication of e-mail addresses and phone numbers of underage users. A meta spokesperson already has a statement about this to the BBC submitted:
“This research focused on old settings that we updated more than a year ago. Since then, we’ve released many new features to help keep teens safe and their information private. Anyone under the age of 18 has their account automatically set to private when they log into Instagram, so only people they know can see what they’re posting, and adults can’t message unfollowed teens. We have been closely involved with the DPC throughout the investigation and will carefully consider their final decision.”
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