Tech News: Ireland opens investigation into Facebook data leak that dates back to 2019.
The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) is investigating the recent leak of a Facebook users dating back to 2019. In early April, it was revealed that someone on a hacker’s forum had made the dataset public, exposing the personal data of approximately 533 million Facebook users in 106 countries. Depending on the account, details of phone numbers, dates of birth, email addresses, locations and more are available. The source of the loss is an oversight that Facebook fixed in August 2019.
“The DPC, given the information provided by Facebook Ireland is of the opinion on this matter to date that one or more provisions of the GDPR and / or the Data Protection Act 2018 may have been and / or have been breached in relation to Facebook Users’ personal data, ”the agency said in a statement identified by TechCrunch.
I spoke to Helen Dixon today @DPCIreland about #FacebookLeak. The Commission continues to monitor this case closely and is committed to supporting national authorities. We also ask @Facebook cooperate actively and rapidly to shed light on the issues identified.
– Didier Reynders (@dreynders) April 12, 2021
The announcement comes at the right time after Didier Reynders, the EU’s commissioner for justice, tweeted that he had spoken to the DPC about the leak. As many international companies have their European headquarters in Ireland, it is often up to the agency to investigate potential breaches of the GDPR on behalf of the EU.
After Business Insider was one of the first publications to report the database making its way online, a Facebook the spokesperson told NPR that the company had no plans to inform people of this latest development. From In the company’s view, it is argued that the data is “old. But people don’t often change emails and phone numbers. your email during a data breach, has received about six times more requests than usual since the news of the forum post broke.
– Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) April 4, 2021