DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s data privacy watchdog has agreed to pay a record 225 million euro ($ A spokesman for the fines watchdog said it targeted social network Instagram following an investigation into its handling of children’s data.
A spokesman for parent company Meta Platforms Inc said in a statement Instagram plans to appeal the fine, an emailed statement said.
Investigation started at , focusing on age at 13 and child users are allowed to run business accounts, which helps to publish the user’s phone number and / or email address.
“We passed our final decision last Friday, which did contain a 405 million euro fine,” Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) ), the lead regulator of Instagram parent Meta Platforms Inc.
will release full details of the decision next week, he said.
A Meta spokesperson said Instagram updated its settings more than a year ago and has since released new features to keep teens safe and their information private.
A spokesperson said Instagram disagreed with how the fine was calculated and was carefully reviewing the decision.
DPC regulates Facebook (NASDAQ: META), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL ) , Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and other tech giants because their EU headquarters are in Ireland. It has launched more than a dozen investigations into Meta companies, including Facebook and WhatsApp.
WhatsApp was fined a record 225 hundred last year for failing to comply with EU data rules in 2020 million euros*).
Irish regulators finalized draft ruling on Instagram probe in December and joined other EU ‘one-stop shop’ Regulators share systems for overseeing large multinational corporations.