Instagram facing record $401M fine over children’s privacy violations


Instagram is set to be fined 405 million euros (U.S. $401 million) by Ireland’s data protection regulator for failing to adequately secure teenage users’ data in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The penalty will be the largest to date handed down by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), the primary European data regulator for the social media giant. It is the third fine in the past year against a subsidiary of Meta, following sanctions of €17 million (then-U.S. $18.6 million) in March against Meta Ireland (formerly Facebook Ireland) and €225 million (then-U.S. $267 million) in September 2021 against WhatsApp.

In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for the Irish DPC confirmed it adopted its final decision Friday regarding the Instagram fine. Full details in the case are expected to be published next week.

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