Irish data regulator intends to conclude first Facebook probe by summer

Irish data regulator intends to conclude first Facebook probe by summer

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner intends to conclude the first of seven investigations pending against Facebook this summer. The Irish DPC’s head said that she expects to complete the rest of the investigations by the end of this year.

“We are looking at different aspects of the collection, the transparency and the use of data,” said Commissioner Helen Dixon, according to a Reuters report.

“I think the first of those will possibly conclude over the summer – that is our anticipation – and further of the inquiries will conclude in the latter part of the year,” she added.

The DPC opened a probe into the data breach at Facebook that affected 50 million user accounts. Facebook said it had found a bug which exposed 50 million user accounts containing private information to hackers. According to the DPC, less than 10% of those accounts were in the European Union [EU].

“The investigation will examine Facebook’s compliance with its obligation under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure the security and safeguarding of the personal data it processes,” said DPC at the time.

Investigations for data privacy violations are soaring for Facebook. It is currently under the investigation of the Federal Trade Commission [FTC]. The investigation into the social media giant was spurred by a report from the New York Times which alleged that a British political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, had secured data of 87 million FaceBook users without permission. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, was summoned by the Congress to testify in court regarding this matter.

In December another New York Times report claimed that the company also shared private user information with other media giants like Netflix and Spotify. The social media behemoth dismissed all allegations arguing that they required the user’s permission to share their details with third parties.

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Irish data regulator intends to conclude first Facebook probe by summer
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