Last Friday, the Ireland Data Protection Commission fined Meta €405 million after an investigation into how it handled teenagers’ data.
The investigation leading started almost two years ago and focused on two ways in which the company allegedly breached GDPR rules. The first was Instagram allowing young users, ages 13-17, to set up business accounts on the platform, which made those users’ contact information publicly available.
The third fine of $18.6 million was issued for record-keeping issues around security breaches. The DPC also has dozens of other investigations underway against Big Tech companies, including several more involving Meta’s data practices.