The social media app’s owner Facebook could face a large fine if Instagram is found to have broken privacy laws
The investigations stem from complaints that Instagram made contact information on business accounts publicly visible to anyone accessing the app
The DPC is responsible for protecting the fundamental right of individual to have their personal data protected.
The Irish regulator is investigating whether Facebook has a legal basis for processing children’s personal data and if it employs adequate protections and restrictions on Instagram for children as well as inquiring into whether Facebook is adequately protecting the data protection rights of children as vulnerable persons.
The minimum age for having an Instagram account is 13
Guidelines for Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lawyers have been fully updated for the first time in eight years and include advice on challenging assumptions over victims sharing naked pictures or having met their attacker via a so-called hook-up app
The legal guidance, which comes into effect on 1st November, includes a list of 39 myths and stereotypes that prosecutors should be prepared to challenge when bringing a case to court
The list of false statements includes “If you send sexual images or messages prior to meeting someone, then having sex is inevitable” and “If you meet men online or through hook-up apps you want sex and should be ready to offer sex”
Siobhan Blake, the rape lead for the CPS, said explicit photos and use of such apps should not be taken as “blanket consent” for sexual contact.
She said: “The critical issue is around consent and the giving and understanding of consent…in essence, a person can send a naked selfie, for instance, one day, that is not any sort of blanket consent to a sexual encounter on another day.”
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It follows an investigation by a UK watchdog which found the platform was failing to protect consumers from being misled
Instagram will also report users who inadequately label their posts to the businesses whose products they endorse
In the UK, social-media stars have to make clear if they are being paid by a company to promote its business, often doing this by including the hashtag ‘#ad’ in such posts
Instagram’s new tools, which will be rolled out over the next year, include a prompt requiring influencers to confirm whether they have received incentives to promote a product or service before they can publish their post, and new algorithms built to spot potential advertising content