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David Pierce* says the investigation took almost two years
 
Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has fined Meta €405 million (about $402 million) after an investigation into how it handled teenagers’ data.
The decision and fine were finalized last Friday, DPC spokesperson Caolmhe McGuire tells The Verge,  and “full details of the decision will publish next week.”
The DPC’s deadline for making a final decision on this matter was the end of this week.
The investigation leading started almost two years ago, and focused on two ways in which the company allegedly breached GDPR rules.
The first was Instagram allowing young users, ages 13-17, to set up business accounts on the platform, which made those users’ contact information publicly available. (Users sometimes switch to business accounts because doing so comes with access to more engagement analytics.)
Instagram also allegedly made the accounts of some young users public by default.
This is the third and largest fine the DPC has imposed on Meta, easily eclipsing the 225 million euros (about $267 million at the time) the company faced after the DPC found that WhatsApp didn’t properly inform EU citizens about how it collected and used their data, particularly regarding how it shared that data back with Meta.
WhatsApp was ordered to change its privacy policy, and said it planned to appeal.
There was also a much smaller fine of 17 million euros (about $18.6 million) for record-keeping issues around security breaches.
The DPC also has dozens of other investigations underway against Big Tech companies, including several more involving Meta’s data practices.
Meta said in a statement to Politico that it updated the public-by-default setting more than a year ago, and that “anyone under 18 automatically has their account set to private when they join Instagram, so only people they know can see what they post, and adults can’t message teens who don’t follow them.”
The company told the Associated Press that “we disagree with how this fine was calculated and intend to appeal it.”
The way Meta — and Instagram in particular — handle the online experience if its youngest users has been under a huge amount of scrutiny in the last couple of years, thanks in part to Frances Haugen’s testimony about Instagram’s effect on mental health.
Instagram has also simultaneously tried to build more products for those young users, which has been met with huge backlash.
Instagram head Adam Mosseri has argued in favour of this work, though: “I have to believe parents would prefer the option for their children to use an age-appropriate version of Instagram — that gives them oversight — than the alternative,” he said last year.
He promised to work with regulators to make that happen, and Meta said it also cooperated with the DPC’s recent investigation.
 
*David Pierce is The Verge’s Editor-at-Large. In previous lives he worked at Protocol, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired.
This article first appeared at theverge.com.
september
23aug(aug 23)1:00 pm27sep(sep 27)4:00 pmWomen leading the public sectorCanberra, ACT and ONLINE
Looking outside traditional leadership models, Dr Christine Nixon and Professor Amanda Sinclair aim to empower women to be role models for humane and people-centred leadership. Recent and radical changes in the
Looking outside traditional leadership models, Dr Christine Nixon and Professor Amanda Sinclair aim to empower women to be role models for humane and people-centred leadership.
Recent and radical changes in the context for work mean that the challenges for delivering value in the public sector have changed. People are looking to women to deliver new and caring models of leadership and management.
In this program designed specifically to strengthen women’s leadership, you will learn how to initiate change and mobilise others while also building cultures of care; how to manage diverse teams working in dispersed ways; and how to look after yourself and others in the process.
This collaborative and experiential workshop with two highly experienced leaders and teachers as guides, aims to expand your approaches to influencing and mobilising people, and equip you with practical strategies for responding to leadership challenges. While developing effectiveness and broadening your leadership repertoire, you will also enjoy stimulating discussion, sharing and learning from a cohort of likeminded public servants, and opening doors for lifelong connections.
Dates: 
Sessions run from 13:00-16:00 AEST each week
Duration: 6 x 3-hour sessions
August 23 (Tuesday) 1:00 pm – September 27 (Tuesday) 4:00 pm
Canberra, ACT and ONLINE

ANZSOGOwned by and working for the governments of Australia and New Zealand+61 3 8344 1990 [email protected] Level 4, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
12sep(sep 12)9:00 am20(sep 20)5:00 pmCivil Law Conference 2022Sydney, NSW
The Civil Law Conference 2022 brings together delegates from Legal Aid Commissions across Australia, Community Legal Centres, the Aboriginal Legal Service, community organisations, private practitioners and allied professionals including financial
The Civil Law Conference 2022 brings together delegates from Legal Aid Commissions across Australia, Community Legal Centres, the Aboriginal Legal Service, community organisations, private practitioners and allied professionals including financial counsellors, social workers and health professionals. It is an opportunity to develop practical and legal knowledge of current issues in civil justice, as well as share the varied experiences and frontline insights of staff working in civil jurisdictions.
Please join us for this event at Doltone House Pyrmont, Sydney Australia, or live-streamed via Zoom. Select to attend one or both days either in-person or virtually.
Topics will include:
12 (Monday) 9:00 am – 20 (Tuesday) 5:00 pm
Sydney, NSW
Legal Aid NSW
20sep9:30 am1:30 pmBuilding The Business CaseThis event is designed to assist professionals in clarifying the development needs of their organisational leaders.Melbourne, VIC
IPAA Victoria and the Department of Treasury and Finance proudly present ‘Building the Business Case’. Building the Business Case is a popular and interactive program delivered by experienced business case writers
IPAA Victoria and the Department of Treasury and Finance proudly present ‘Building the Business Case’.
Building the Business Case is a popular and interactive program delivered by experienced business case writers and reviewers. The training incorporates real-world examples illustrating best-practice business case development principles.
These sessions will provide you with the knowledge needed for developing successful, compelling business cases. You will learn how to:
You will leave this course with the essential tools and skills needed to develop a persuasive investment strategy.
(Tuesday) 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Melbourne, VIC

IPAA Victoria
21sep12:00 pm1:00 pmSolving problems, supporting staff!Building an effective complaints handling cultureSydney, NSW and online
Responding to complaints is one of the hardest (and most important) jobs that our frontline staff have to do, sometimes on a daily basis.  Complaints are often the gateway to
Responding to complaints is one of the hardest (and most important) jobs that our frontline staff have to do, sometimes on a daily basis.  Complaints are often the gateway to achieving our regulatory objectives, which means the complaint pathways and the complaint handlers require a high level of skill and a supportive environment, whether you are a regulator who relies on powers of persuasion, or a regulator with powers to prosecute.
For all regulators, getting proactive on complaints management and equipping frontline staff to respond effectively is an increasingly important focus for workforce capability building and culture.
Please join our expert facilitator and panel to discover the tips and tricks, tools and techniques, that frontline regulators can draw upon to respond effectively to complaints, and how you can contribute to building positive complaints handling culture and capability in your organisation.
(Wednesday) 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Sydney, NSW and online

ANZSOGOwned by and working for the governments of Australia and New Zealand+61 3 8344 1990 [email protected] Level 4, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton Victoria 3053
october
04octAll DayWomen in Leadership ProgramCanberra, ACT
The Women in Leadership program aims to support women executives aspiring to take on more senior or complex leadership roles. The program seeks to enhance your ability to exercise leadership
The Women in Leadership program aims to support women executives aspiring to take on more senior or complex leadership roles. The program seeks to enhance your ability to exercise leadership effectively within organisational structures and practices that present specific challenges for women. You will be provided with an opportunity to build networks of support and to develop practical skills to enhance your leadership practice.
10 sessions over 6 months: seven 8-hour sessions, two 1-hour sessions and one 2-hour session.
All Day (Tuesday)
Canberra, ACT

Australian Public Service AcademyThe APS Academy is a networked hub of learning and development excellence for the Australian Public Service.02 6202 3933
04oct10:30 am11:30 amRates, rents, and a rising cost of livingJoin CEDA Senior Economist Andrew Barker and our panel of experts to discuss rates, rents and the rising cost of living on the eve of the RBA’s next board meeting.ONLINE
As the covid pandemic buffeted the Australian economy in 2020, the Reserve Bank slashed the cash rate to its lowest ever levels. Now, amidst a global surge in inflation, the
As the covid pandemic buffeted the Australian economy in 2020, the Reserve Bank slashed the cash rate to its lowest ever levels. Now, amidst a global surge in inflation, the RBA has raised the rate each month for the past five months.
With markets and economic commentators expecting further rate rises, Australians are faced with a contracting housing market, a rapid spike in rental prices and a general cost of living that is increasing far more rapidly than wages.
Join CEDA Senior Economist Andrew Barker and our panel of experts to discuss rates, rents and the rising cost of living on the eve of the RBA’s next board meeting.
(Tuesday) 10:30 am – 11:30 am
ONLINE
ceda
10octAll DayProcurement Essentials and Contract Management – OctoberCanberra, ACT
Procurement and contracting activities are undertaken by a range of APS employees with differing levels of expertise. Procurement essentials and contract management is an essential core skill required by all
Procurement and contracting activities are undertaken by a range of APS employees with differing levels of expertise. Procurement essentials and contract management is an essential core skill required by all APS employees as part of their role at some stage. This program has been designed to assist APS employees to understand the Commonwealth Resource Management Framework and demonstrate accountability and transparency in how taxpayer’s money is spent. As a result of this program, participants will be better able to plan and conduct ‘value for money’ procurements and effectively manage contracts to achieve government outcomes
All Day (Monday)
Canberra, ACT

Australian Public Service AcademyThe APS Academy is a networked hub of learning and development excellence for the Australian Public Service.02 6202 3933
12octAll Day14Corporate Comms Leaders SummitMelbourne, VIC
Transformed audiences, expectations and ways of working have made the communications function more important, arguably, than at any other point in history and its capacity to make a significant impact
Transformed audiences, expectations and ways of working have made the communications function more important, arguably, than at any other point in history and its capacity to make a significant impact on strategy and business has greatly increased.
Communications functions in today’s organisations face having to engage an audience that is increasingly complex, diverse and tech savvy in an attention economy characterised by digital and crisis fatigue. Hybrid workforces will need to be brought together with a shared sense of culture and teamwork during a time when they are increasingly isolated and disconnected, and expectations regarding social responsibility, transparency and authenticity have never been higher. It will be critical for the communications function to leverage the latest trends, technology and data to adapt to engage audiences, build trust and maximise their impact.
The 8th Corporate Comms Leaders Summit will bring together leaders from across sectors to demonstrate how communications professionals can develop agile and responsive communications strategies to strengthen stakeholder relationships, increase employee wellbeing and protect brand reputations. Delegates will gain tools and strategies to create data-driven strategies, combat disinformation and use an omni-channel approach to increase audience trust and buy-in.
october 12 (Wednesday) – 14 (Friday)
Melbourne, VIC

Akolade
13oct(oct 13)12:00 pm27(oct 27)2:00 pmPersonal Architect Online CourseONLINE
We’re living in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world at the moment where much of our experience is shaped by external factors. Whilst we have limited influence over
We’re living in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world at the moment where much of our experience is shaped by external factors. Whilst we have limited influence over the environment around us, we do have control over how we respond to it. We have a high degree of control over our own mindset.
This three-part mindset program helps individuals identify their purpose and the steps required to build a high wellbeing, high performance mindset.
The Personal Architect outlines three interconnected pathways towards a resilient mindset: reflection, investment and habituation and takes participants on an interactive and personal journey to discover passion, purpose and what it takes to achieve longer term goals.
“Confronting and powerful, these sessions left me thinking long after they finished”
— 2022 Workshop Series participant
Delivered across three, convenient two-hour online workshops, the Personal Architect course utilises storytelling, activities, videos, group discussion, Menti surveying and personal reflection to bring the theory to life.
13 (Thursday) 12:00 pm – 27 (Thursday) 2:00 pm
ONLINE

IPAA Victoria
17oct2:00 pm3:00 pmBeing prepared for the worstNo one likes to think about the ‘what if?’, but are you and your loved ones prepared?ONLINE
Tune in to hear the Member Education team talk through some of the considerations when trying to make sure you and your family are prepared for big life events such
Tune in to hear the Member Education team talk through some of the considerations when trying to make sure you and your family are prepared for big life events such as health events.
By attending this webinar you will learn:
Super seminars are conducted by experienced Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) educators. All seminars are free!
(Monday) 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
ONLINE

Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation GPO Box 2252, Canberra ACT 2601
18octAll Day19NT Major Projects Conference 2022The largest major projects and infrastructure conference held in the Territory, with over 200 delegates attending annuallyDarwin, NT
After a two-year long COVID hiatus, the 11th Annual Northern Territory Major Projects Conference will return to the Darwin Convention Centre on the 18th and 19th of October 2022. Attracting well over 200 attendees over
After a two-year long COVID hiatus, the 11th Annual Northern Territory Major Projects Conference will return to the Darwin Convention Centre on the 18th and 19th of October 2022. Attracting well over 200 attendees over the past ten years, the conference is one of the largest infrastructure and construction events held in the Territory.
With a massive $3.28 billion capital works program, the 2022 conference will focus on the Territory Government’s strategy for turbo charging major projects, creating new jobs and growing the NT economy.
The Northern Territory Government is working to achieve a $40 billion economy by 2030 with significant capital investment in strategic economic infrastructure including the Commonwealth’s $2.6 billion Energy Security and Regional Development Plan.
The 2-day event will profile major infrastructure projects in the pipeline for the Territory alongside providing a high-level forum for discussion, debate and doing business.
october 18 (Tuesday) – 19 (Wednesday)
Darwin, NT

Expotrade03 9545 0360
18octAll Day19Workplace Diversity, Equality & InclusionChampioning Workplace Equity: Unity not UniformityAuckland, NZ
Earlier this year, we partnered with Diversity Works New Zealand to deliver the virtual Workplace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit. As some of you are aware, the Summit was intended
Earlier this year, we partnered with Diversity Works New Zealand to deliver the virtual Workplace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit. As some of you are aware, the Summit was intended to be an in-person experience but due to COVID restraints, we had to pivot to an online offering.
While the virtual Summit was a resounding success, we know virtual conferences can never replicate face-to-face interactions and in-person networking. We promised we would hold an in-person gathering in October, complimentary for the DE&I community in attendance at the virtual Summit, as a follow-up conversation to the many interesting discussions that were heard then.
Mark the dates in your calendar, and join us this October to connect, network and learn from your peers on critical DE&I issues, including:
Whether you are a large corporation or a SME, it’s time to adapt for human difference by reshaping and redesigning workplaces for inclusion. Let’s continue championing workplace equity for a more inclusive Aotearoa.
october 18 (Tuesday) – 19 (Wednesday)
Auckland, NZ
Aventedge
18oct(oct 18)10:00 am15nov(nov 15)12:00 pmPeople Leaders’ Online CourseONLINE
People Leaders’ are called on to ‘put ideas into action’, leading their team to deliver public value. Now more than ever, their leadership and their team’s safety and wellbeing are
People Leaders’ are called on to ‘put ideas into action’, leading their team to deliver public value. Now more than ever, their leadership and their team’s safety and wellbeing are fundamental to how public purpose organisations respond to, and thrive, in a changing world.
IPAA Victoria is pleased to present the four-part People Leaders Online Course, delivered by leadership specialists, The Wellbeing Outfit.
In this course, people leaders will explore the practical and psychological skills to better understand themselves and lead others in times of uncertainty and change.
Today’s workplace is a ‘wicked’ learning environment, where traditional hierarchical approaches to leadership are not as effective as they once were. To be at their best, people need to feel that their work matters, be offered opportunities for growth and provided a sense of autonomy over what they are doing.
They, therefore, need leaders who can shape cultures where people feel both safe enough to contribute their ideas and insights, but also challenged enough that they learn and grow to meet the evolving demands of the work environment.
This course, which is specifically targeted at emerging and mid-level leaders, upskills participants to be ‘fit for the times’ people leaders. It focuses on how leaders can set the context for their people to thrive in wicked environments, and provides insights around how they can influence the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of team members to do their best work.
Delivered across four, convenient two-hour online workshops
October 18 (Tuesday) 10:00 am – November 15 (Tuesday) 12:00 pm
ONLINE

IPAA Victoria
19oct9:30 am1:00 pmInfluencing & Energising Service StaffONLINE
Explore how to have courageous conversations that are effective and produce results. Learn a proven model that will enable you to deliver bad news, discuss poor performance, influence others and
Explore how to have courageous conversations that are effective and produce results. Learn a proven model that will enable you to deliver bad news, discuss poor performance, influence others and provide feedback.
As a leader of any team part of your role is to generally set the tone, pace, expectations of your team, and sometimes it includes the need for difficult conversations. These conversations may be uncomfortable, particularly when it involves team members falling short of and/or not meeting set expectations, or the need to broach new and unfamiliar territory as is the case in more recent times. However, to create, and deliver service levels that create external satisfied, and happy customers we need to have internal satisfied, functional, happy staff, so rather than avoiding these conversations come join this program for takeaways that will empower you to approach these conversations with proven techniques and with confidence.
(Wednesday) 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
ONLINE
SOCAPThe Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals
19oct10:00 am11:00 amSkills for Success: Election & caretakerUnderstand how the caretaker conventions and other established practices affect you and put yourself in the best position to support your career.ONLINE
This one-hour webinar will prepare you for what to expect in the lead up to the NSW State general election in March 2023, including the ‘caretaker conventions’ and other established
This one-hour webinar will prepare you for what to expect in the lead up to the NSW State general election in March 2023, including the ‘caretaker conventions’ and other established practices that apply in the lead up to an election.
The webinar will cover:
Whether you are new to the sector or have gone through several elections in your tenure, this session will have you in good stead for preparing for the election and ensuring that the ordinary business of government may continue throughout the election period.
If you are aiming for a long-term career in the public service, this session is for you.
(Wednesday) 10:00 am – 11:00 am
ONLINE
IPAA NSW
25octAll Day26Tech in GovCanberra, ACT
With 150+ Speakers and 15 central themes, Tech in Gov is the most comprehensive cross-sector event for government, IT, and executive level professionals in Australia. Each year, they descend on
With 150+ Speakers and 15 central themes, Tech in Gov is the most comprehensive cross-sector event for government, IT, and executive level professionals in Australia. Each year, they descend on Canberra to meet to see the latest tech and do business.
Over two days, Tech in Gov unites buyers such as ICT Managers, Chief Information, Data, Technology and Security Officers from Federal, State and Local Government, government business enterprises and national critical infrastructure and connects them with leading industry solution providers who showcase the most essential technologies, products, and service for digital innovation.
This is Australia’s platform for senior public and private sector IT experts to learn, network and source ICT solutions for the ongoing digital transformation within Australian business and government.
october 25 (Tuesday) – 26 (Wednesday)
Canberra, ACT

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