Irish authorities are conducting a European investigation following complaints about the way Facebook’s Instagram application handles data for users under the age of 18.
The Irish Data Protection Commission launched two separate paths per month. The last after receiving complaints that their phone numbers and e-mail addresses were available to all network users, according to what the BBC and the Sunday Telegraph reported.
This Irish regulatory body oversees Facebook’s activities in the European Union, since the giant US network has a regional headquarters in Ireland.
Facebook has not commented on the charges.
The Irish Authority will determine whether Instagram has set the necessary technical controls to protect users’ data, especially minors, while the network requires that its users be at least thirteen years old.
The regulating body will also verify that the social network respects European legislation on data protection in relation to account management.
The BBC reported Monday that data specialist David Steyer concluded last year, after analyzing 200,000 accounts in the world, that users under the age of eighteen have the ability to easily open Accounts for them are usually reserved for professionals.
This type of account requires that they publicly disclose their personal details, numbers and addresses, which means showing them to all users of the social network.
Irish authorities are conducting a European investigation following complaints about Instagram’s handling