Instagram got €405 million fine in EU over children’s privacy

Following a ruling by the European Union’s privacy watchdogs on a long-running complaint about how the social media site manages children’s data, Instagram is now subject to a €405 million punishment. The penalty is for breaking the General Data Protection Regulation of the EU (GDPR). We asked Meta for their thoughts on the punishment. The Instagram fine represents the highest GDPR fine that social media giant Meta has yet to receive. The DPC learned that the Instagram user registration process might result in children’s accounts being set to “public” by default unless the user adjusted the account settings to “private,” which was the subject of the Instagram complaint.

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