The European Union has launched an investigation into the possible leak of personal data of children from Instagram. The investigation is being conducted by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland. This is reported by BBC.
During the audit, it is planned to establish if the company has a legal basis for the processing of children's data and whether it provides protection.
If, according to the results of the check, violations are found, then the owner of Instagram (Facebook) may receive a large fine. The company claims to be cooperating with the investigation, but does not agree with the authority's suspicions.
American data scientist David Steer concluded that the social network allowed 60 million users under the age of 18 to turn their profiles into business accounts.
The company noted that the contact information in the business account cannot be considered personal, since the social network informs users that this data will be publicly available. The company also noted that recently it became possible to completely refuse to display contact information.