LONDON (AP) – The Irish privacy regulator said on Wednesday it had launched an investigation into Facebook after it reported that data on more than 500 million users had been leaked to the internet on suspicion of violating EU privacy rules.
The Data Protection Commission said it decided to launch an investigation into the data dump following “numerous international media reports”.
Earlier this month, reports surfaced the hackers’ website containing information on 533 million users in more than 100 countries, including names, Facebook IDs, phone numbers, location, dates of birth and more. Email Addresses:
The observer said that the investigation was launched after “dealing with Facebook Ireland”, questioning its compliance with the rules of confidentiality. The company responded, reports the Irish agency, suggesting that it is not satisfied with the answers.
Facebook said it was “fully cooperating” with the investigation.
The company has previously underestimated the problem, saying that the “malicious actors” did not hack its systems, but used automated software to scrape data from the Facebook platform.
The problem stems from a vulnerability reported և fixed in 2019, in functions that allow users to import connections.
“These features are common to many applications, and we look forward to explaining them to the protections we use,” Facebook said in a statement.
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Located in Menlo Park, California, Facebook has its European headquarters in Ireland, making the country an observer of the European Union’s top privacy regulator under a “single window” system.
Irish regulators are already working on dozens of other investigations into Facebook և Instagram on suspicion of breach of privacy.