The EDPS confirms the violations of the GDPR
This final decision follows proven violations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by Mark Zuckerberg’s group. The application instagram he is accused of having it voluntarily disclosed the e-mail addresses and / or telephone numbers of the children who use the platform. A practice detected at the time of the opening of the investigation by the Irish data protection authority in 2020. Since then Meta has put an end to it.
It is precisely on this point that the pill struggles to pass over to the side of Instagram. A spokesperson for Half explains that ” this survey focused on old settings that we updated over a year ago and have since released new features to help protect children’s privacy and keep their data safe “. Instagram ensures that children on the platform now they benefit from enhanced security measures and that their account is automatically set to private.
First European decision on children’s data protection rights
According to Andrea Jelinek, president of the European Data Protection Board, ” this is a historic decision. Not only because of the size of the sanction – it is the second highest fine since the entry into force of the GDPR – but also because it is the first European Union-wide decision on children’s data protection rights “The EDPS wants to score the shot and sends a very clear message to the technological giants in Europe: the issue of children’s personal data should not be taken lightly.
The sanction was issued pursuant to article 6 of the GDPR, which deals with the lawfulness of data processing. This step obliges companies within the European Union to treat personal information lawfully, respecting various criteria. In the specific case, the EDPS concluded that Meta was processing the personal data of minors unlawfully and without a legal basis. The European Data Protection Board therefore asked the Irish authority to change its decision in order to ascertain the violation of Article 6 of the GDPR.