Facebook facing data breach investigation by regulator after hack

Facebook facing data breach investigation by regulator after hack

Ireland’s data regulator has launched an investigation of Facebook over a recent data breach that allowed hackers access 50 million accounts which could potentially cost Facebook more than $US1.6 billion ($2.3 billion) in fines.

Facebook said attackers gained the ability to “seize control” of user accounts by stealing digital keys the company uses to keep users logged in.CREDIT:AP

The Irish Data Protection Commission said Wednesday that it will look into whether the US social media company complied with European regulations that went into effect earlier this year covering data protection.

It’s the latest headache for Facebook in Europe, where authorities are turning up the heat on dominant tech firms over data protection. Last month, European Union consumer protection chief Vera Jourova said that she was growing impatient with Facebook for being too slow in clarifying the fine print in its terms of service covering what happens to user data and warned that the company could face sanctions.

The commission said in a statement that it would examine whether Facebook put in place “appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security and safeguarding of the personal data it processes.”

The commission said earlier this week the number of EU accounts potentially affected numbered less than 5 million.

For more detailed information regarding the Facebook hack, please see. www.smh.com.au