Meta seeks to overturn €405m data fine imposed on Instagram in Irish lawsuit

Meta Platforms Ireland, formerly Facebook Ireland, is seeking to bring proceedings in the High Court to overturn a record €405 million fine for breaching children’s privacy on its Instagram service.

Last September, the government’s privacy regulator, the Data Protection Commission (DPC), imposed a fine for breaching the GDPR under which teenagers’ mobile phone numbers and email addresses Instagram users have been automatically published in the app’s “business account” service default settings. This default setting has since been changed by Instagram.

Meta claims that the DPC’s decision is contrary to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and therefore invalid.

He seeks a number of pronouncements from the High Court, including that parts of the Data Protection Act 2018, under which the fines were imposed, are invalid under the Constitution and incompatible with the European Data Protection Convention. human rights.

She also asks that the hearing of her proceedings before the High Court be “held other than in public”.

Meta says he also intends to ask the Court of Justice of the EU to overturn a decision by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) which instructed the Irish DPC to ensure that the fines imposed are “effective, proportionate and dissuasive”. The DPC is the lead supervisory authority in the EU, as Meta has its European headquarters in Dublin, while the EDPB coordinates the work of national and regional data regulators in the EU and a handful of countries outside of it. The union.

The case was adjourned until January by Judge Charles Meenan.

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