Ireland launches investigation in Facebook data breach 2 years ago

Ireland launches investigation in Facebook data breach

Big news.

The Irish Data Protection Commission has confirmed they've commenced an investigation under Section 110 of the Data Protection Act 2018 into the Facebook data breach.

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In a statement, the DPC said: "The investigation will examine Facebook’s compliance with its obligation under the General Data Protection Regulation to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security and safeguarding of the personal data it processes."

Facebook reported the breach to the relevant authorities on Friday, 28 September the DPC confirmed to JOE.

The Irish DPC is charged with enforcing Europe’s strict privacy and data protection rules as Facebook have their headquarters located in Dublin.

Facebook has informed the DPC that their internal investigation is continuing and that the company continues to take remedial actions to mitigate the potential risk to users.

Under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), companies have just 72 hours to inform the relevant authority about a breach of user data or face a fine of up to 2 percent of its global annual revenue.