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Irish Data Protection opens Investigation on Facebook Data Breach

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Ireland’s Data Protection launch a probe over Facebook’s data breach on Wednesday, Oct. 3, that affected over 5,000,000 European users.

Days after Facebook announced the discovery of data security bug, the Irish Data Protection opens a probe to carefully investigate the breach. Facebook said hackers stole login codes which allows them to access accounts without authorization.

Although Facebook already disclosed the said breach that affected over 50 million users, DPC still wants a thorough investigation. Less than 10 percent of the victims of the breach live in the European Union which lead the regulators to open a probe.

According to DPC, the investigation will focus on Facebook’s obligations on GDPR to ensure that appropriate technical and organizational measures are implemented.

Vero Jourova, EU Justice and Consumer Affairs Commissioner, said that the issue is one of the factors which might result in lower sanctions, but it is on theoretical, she further added.

Guy Rosen, VP of Product Management, stated that they are still finding out whether the stolen accounts are misused or information is exposed. The data breach happened on Sep. 25.

The headquarters of Facebook that was located in Ireland is already suffering on a tainted reputation that was caused by the data breach.

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