Apr 14, 2021
Facebook faces investigation over data breach
The Irish Data Protection Commission is to launch an investigation into a data leak in which the details of hundreds of millions of Facebook users were published online. The dataset of 533 million people from 106 countries was published on a hacking forum earlier this month, although the data had initially been scraped from Facebook some years earlier. Although not every piece of data was available for every user, the large scale of the leak was a cause for concern among privacy experts. In a statement, the DPC said it had looked at the evidence and was "Of the opinion that one or more provisions of the GDPR and/or the Data Protection Act may have been, and/or are being, infringed in relation to Facebook users' personal data". "Accordingly, the commission considers it appropriate to determine whether Facebook Ireland has complied with its obligations, as data controller, in connection with the processing of personal data of its users."
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