Data protection: Instagram has to pay a fine of 405 million euros in Ireland

Accordingly, underage users between the ages of 13 and 17 were allowed to operate business accounts on the photo and video platform. These would have made it possible to publish telephone numbers or email addresses.

Instagram is part of the Meta group Platforms, which also includes the Internet platform Facebook and the messenger service WhatsApp. Meta said it wanted to challenge the Irish decision. Instagram also changed its settings to keep teenagers’ data private more than a year ago.

Ireland has jurisdiction over the matter because Meta, like other major US tech companies like Apple and Google are headquartered there in the European Union.

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