Data protection of minors: EU launches investigation into Instagram

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is launching proceedings against Instagram in Europe, a subsidiary of Facebook. The investigation concerns the disclosure of personal data of young people under the age of 18. Opening a business account would make certain information accessible. This would apply to all users, including minors.

Two open procedures

DPC, Europe’s official data regulator, has launched an investigation into Facebook Europe after it received complaints about the accessibility by all users of the telephone numbers and email addresses of young people under 18 years of age. The information comes from the BBC and the Sunday Telegraph.

Since Facebook Europe’s headquarters are in DublinThe case is handled by the Irish regulator DPC, the equivalent of the CNIL in France. It opened two separate proceedings last month. So far, neither party has responded to requests from the press, especially AFP.

Key points of the survey

The investigation will determine the presence or absence of a user data protection system, especially for children under 13 years of age. Remember that you must be at least 13 years old to open an Instagram account. Compliance with the European Data Protection Regulation (DPR) concerning the configuration of profiles and accounts is also part of the points to be checked.

In 2019, data specialist David Stier conducted a study of 200,000 user accounts around the world. The reports indicate that miners could easily switch to a business account. However, a business account requires a public status for certain information. In other words, the information is visible to all users. To be continued.

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