To capitalise from data processing, companies must remain compliant with the regulations set by the GDPR. Consequently, regulators may impose fines from up to 2% of a company’s global turnover (if higher than 10m). It’s important to remember how to maintain data protection compliance.
Instagram Case 2022:
On the 5th of September 2022, Instagram was fined £349m due to infringements relating to children’s data privacy. The case details revealed Instagram to enabling easy access to phone numbers and email addresses when analytical features were upgraded on the platform.
Under article 8 of the GDPR, any individual under the age of 16 is not eligible to consent to data processing, without the consent of their parent or guardian. In this case, Instagram were to follow article 8(2) by implementing “reasonable efforts to verify in such cases that consent is given or authorised by the holder of parental responsibility over the child”
What can businesses learn from this?
To avoid this and ensure compliance, reasonable efforts must be made to ensure the data subject can be verified before processing their data.
WhatsApp Case September 2021:
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