Ireland probes Facebook over privacy concerns

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Ireland announced it had launched another investigation against the social network Facebook over concerns linked to violation of European privacy rules, Reuters reported. The probe is linked to privacy data of more than 500,000 users which was reportedly dumped online. The information included details of personal information about personal wealth as well as passwords.

The Data Protection Commission said it decided to start investigating following “multiple international media reports” about the data dump. News reports earlier this month said the data was found on a website for hackers and contained information on 533 million users from more than 100 countries, including names, Facebook IDs, phone numbers, locations, birthdates and email addresses.

The watchdog said it launched the investigation after it “engaged with Facebook Ireland,” questioning it about compliance with privacy rules. The company responded, the Irish agency said, suggesting it wasn’t satisfied with the answers. Facebook said it’s “cooperating fully” with the investigation.

The company has previously downplayed the problem, saying “malicious actors” didn’t hack its systems but used automated software to scrape the data from Facebook’s platform. Irish regulators are already working on a dozen other investigations of Facebook and Instagram over suspected privacy breaches.

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