Ireland is investigating the data leak of 533 million Facebook users

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In early April, more than 533 million users from 106 countries leaked personal Facebook data on the Internet, including phone numbers and locations. The social network said the information was “old news” from 2019 onwards. But of course, they knew everything but they never told anyone.

Now, the Data Protection Commission of Ireland (DPC) (where the company is headquartered) has decided to investigate the situation further, especially due to the large amount and breach of information circulating on the Internet. Public data protection control (GDPR).

No. Release They claim that the investigation was initiated under Section 110 of the Data Protection Act 2018.

“Therefore, the Commission considers it appropriate to determine whether Facebook has fulfilled its obligations as a data controller in the processing of users’ personal data through Facebook search, Facebook Messenger contact import, and Instagram contact import features. Or if Facebook has violated and / or violated any of the provisions of the GDPR and / or Data Protection Act 2018 ”.

In response to the case, Facebook released a note saying, “We fully cooperate with DPC in its goution consultation, which refers to features that make it easier for people to find and connect friends with our services. These features are common to many applications, and we would like to explain them in addition to the protections we have implemented. ”

European Justice Commissioner Didier Reindeer tweeted that he had already spoken to Helen Dixon, the Irish government’s data protection commissioner, about the leak.

A spokesman for the commissioner, who confirmed the meeting, said: “This case is currently being investigated by the Irish Data Protection Authority. The commission is available if support is needed. The situation needs to be further examined in the future. Lessons must be learned ”.

On its own Announcement Facebook responded to requests to clarify the breach, which was published last Tuesday (6), and appears to have deleted data sets from June 2017 to April 2018 – a month before the GDPR came into effect. .

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