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Facebook Faces Formal Irish Privacy Probe Into Data Leak

  • Probe comes after data on Facebook users was posted online
  • Irish regulator is Facebook’s top EU data protection watchdog
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Facebook Inc. faces a formal probe by its main privacy regulator in the European Union following the leak of the personal data of more than half a billion users of the social media service.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission on Wednesday opened an inquiry following media reports earlier this month showing “that a collated dataset” of Facebook users’ personal data “had been made available on the internet,” the authority said in a statement.