The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has launched two investigations against a company Facebook after raising concerns about the social media giant’s handling of children’s personal data via its Instagram platform.
Facebook may face a heavy privacy fine, as Instagram has been found to have violated privacy laws, after the main European Union data privacy regulator began investigations into revealing the contact details of millions of children.
Deputy Commissioner Graham Doyle told Reuters in an emailed statement that the Irish Data Protection Commission had received complaints from individuals and had identified potential concerns regarding the processing of children’s personal data via Instagram.
“Both investigations were launched last month,” Doyle said in the statementShe said The Telegraph, which reported the investigation for the first time: The Instagram platform made the email addresses and phone numbers of users under the age of 18 public.
The Telegraph added that the Irish Data Protection Commission launched its investigation after a complaint from David Stier, an American data scientist.
The first investigation is looking to determine whether Facebook has the legal basis for data processing and is it using adequate safeguards or restrictions on Instagram.
“This investigation also takes into account the fact that Facebook is fulfilling its obligations as a data controller regarding transparency requirements in providing Instagram to children,” Doyle said.
The Instagram profile and account settings will be the focus of the second investigation, in order to verify whether the social media company adheres to the data protection requirements of the regulator.
Ireland hosts the European headquarters of a number of American technology companies, which makes the Irish Data Protection Committee the main regulator of the European Union under the “single window” system of the cluster general data protection regulation.
The new rules give regulators the power to levy fines for violations of up to 4 percent of the company’s global revenue, or 20 million euros ($ 22 million), whichever is higher.
The BBC said: The data specialist David Stier Concluded In 2019, users under the age of 18 years have the option to easily switch to a business account, after analyzing 200,000 accounts worldwide.
This type of account requires users to make their contact details public, which means that they are visible to everyone via the social network.