Irish Data Protection Commission launched (DPC) Two investigations with Facebook after concerns were raised about the social media giant’s handling of children’s personal data on Instagram, as Deputy Commissioner Graham Doyle told Reuters in an emailed statement that DPC The main data privacy regulator in the European Union, has received complaints from individuals and identified “potential concerns” regarding the processing of children’s personal data on Instagram..
These investigations began last month, Doyle said, and Facebook did not immediately respond when contacted by Reuters on Sunday.
The Telegraph newspaper, which first reported the investigation, said Instagram had made public the email addresses and phone numbers of users under 18 years old, and the Telegraph added that the Irish regulator launched its investigation after a complaint from David Steer, an American data scientist..
The first investigation is looking to determine whether Facebook has a legal basis for data processing and whether it is using adequate safeguards or restrictions on Instagram..
Doyle said, “This investigation will also take into account whether Facebook is fulfilling its obligations as a data controller regarding transparency requirements regarding Instagram’s dealings with children.”“.
The Instagram profile and account settings will be the focus of the second investigation, to examine whether the company is complying with the data protection requirements of the regulatory body..
Ireland hosts the European headquarters of a number of American technology companies, which makes DPC The main regulator in the European Union under the system “One Stop Shop” The General Data Protection Regulation for the block, which was introduced in 2018.
The new rules give regulators the power to impose fines for violations of up to 4 percent of the company’s global revenue, or 20 million euros.