EU investigates Instagram over handling of children's data

Sun Online Desk

20th October, 2020 11:04:15 printer

EU investigates Instagram over handling of children's data

 

Instagram is being investigated by Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) over its handling of children's personal data on the platform.

The social media app's owner Facebook could face a large fine if Instagram is found to have broken privacy laws.

It comes amid reports Instagram failed to protect data, including allowing email addresses and phone numbers of those under 18 to be made public.

Facebook said it rejected the claims but was cooperating with the DPC.

The Irish regulator is investigating whether Facebook has a legal basis for processing children's personal data and if it employs adequate protections and restrictions on Instagram for children.

Separately, it is also looking at whether Facebook has adhered with GDPR requirements in relation to Instagram's profile and account settings. It is inquiring into whether Facebook is adequately protecting the data protection rights of children as vulnerable people.

The minimum age for having an Instagram account is 13, BBC reported.


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