Globally popular photo and video sharing platform Instagram is being investigated by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) over its handling of children’s personal data.
The app’s owner Facebook might face a large fine if Instagram found to have broken privacy laws.
According to the complaints, Instagram made contact information on business accounts publicly visible to anyone accessing the app.
A number of US tech giants have their European headquarters in Ireland which came into force in 2018.
However, the DPC is the lead European Union regulator under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The DPC is responsible for protecting individuals’ right to online privacy, and has the power to issue large fines.
Furthermore, the Irish regulator currently investigating whether Facebook has a legal basis for processing children’s personal data.
Separately, it is also looking at whether Facebook has adhered with GDPR requirements in relation to Instagram’s profile and account settings.
It also inquires whether Facebook is adequately protecting the data protection rights of children as vulnerable persons.
Also, the minimum age for having an Instagram account is 13.