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Ireland’s Data Protection Commission Fines Meta $402 million For Mishandling Teenagers’ Data

By 09/06/2022 7:00 PMNo Comments

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. 

Source: WSJ (ANDRE M. CHANG/ZUMA PRESS)

This is the third and largest fine the DPC has imposed on Meta, the previous one costing the company $267 million after the DPC found that WhatsApp didn’t properly inform EU citizens about how it collected and used their data, particularly regarding how it shared that data back with Meta. WhatsApp was ordered to change its privacy policy, and said it planned to appeal.

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.

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