Irish regulator probes handling of children’s data on Instagram

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Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has launched two queries into Facebook after concerns were raised about the social system titans handling of children’s personal data on its Instagram platform.

The DPC, the main data privacy regulator from the European Union, received complaints from folks who had recognized “potential concerns” in regard to the processing of children’s private data on Instagram, Deputy Commissioner Graham Doyle told journalists at our partner news agency Reuters in an emailed statement.

Both inquiries were introduced last month, Doyle explained in the announcement.

The Telegraph newspaper, which reported that the inquiry, stated Instagram produced the email addresses and phone numbers of consumers under 18 people.

The Irish regulator launched its probe following a complaint by David Stier, a US data scientist, the Telegraph added.

The first inquiry appears to establish whether Facebook gets the legal foundation to process the data and if it uses adequate protections or limitations on Instagram.

“This inquiry will also consider whether Facebook meets its obligations as a data controller with regard to transparency requirements in its provision of Instagram to children,” Doyle explained.

Instagram’s account and profile settings will be the focus of this second question, analyzing whether the social networking business is sticking to the regulator’s data security requirements.

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Ireland has an attractive corporation tax regime, which means that the country hosts many of the European headquarters of US platform businesses looking to minimise their tax burden, making the DPC that the EU’s lead regulator under the bloc’s General Data Protection Regulation’s “One Stop Shop” program introduced in 2018.

The new rules give regulators the ability to impose fines for violations of up to 4% of a organization’s global earnings or 20 million euros (approximately $22 million), whichever is higher.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Irish regulator probes handling of children’s data on Instagram‘ article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru. Editing by Lincoln Feast.

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