Ireland fined Instagram a total of $400 million for breaking European Union (EU) data privacy laws over children’s data on the platform, media outlets reported on Monday.
Ireland’s Data Protection Commission decided on Sept. 2 to impose the fine, which is believed to be the largest fine over data privacy, under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Graham Doyle, a spokesman for the Irish Data Protection Commission, elaborated that Instagram had been fined 405 million euros, or about $402 million, noting that further details would be announced next week.
In response, Meta disagreed with the decision and planned to appeal, setting up what could be a lengthy legal process. “Anyone under 18 automatically has their account set to private when they join Instagram, so only people they know can see what they post, and adults can’t message teens who don’t follow them,” the company said in an emailed statement.
Last June, Instagram’s parent company Meta is providing parents with a new feature, labelled ‘gaslighting’, to monitor what their teens are doing, and who they are interacting with.
Through the new feature, parents will have more control to supervise and limit their teens’ time on both Instagram and its Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets.