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Data Protection Commission Opens Statutory Inquiry Into Facebook

Niall Colbert
Niall Colbert

1:37 PM - 25 Apr 2019



The Data Protection Commission has opened up a statutory inquiry into Facebook.

The inquiry was launched this week after it was found that millions of Facebook and Instagram users had their passwords stored in a readable format on the tech giants internal servers.

The company says it's found no evidence that any of the passwords were abused internally.

The Data Protection Commission says its inquiry will look to establish whether the social media giant complied with GDPR.

Earlier today, the Data Protection Commissioner refuted claims that it's lenient on big tech companies that are based in Ireland.

Politico published an article that insinuates Ireland is slow to reprimand tech companies for data privacy breaches because they provide thousand of jobs here.

Ireland is the lead regulator in Europe for GDPR - which came into effect in May of last year.

The Data Protection Commission is currently carrying out 16 investigations - 7 of which involve Facebook.



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