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Facebook Under Investigation in Europe Over Massive Data Leak

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The European commission is investigating Facebook for a data breach that exposed the private information of more than 530 million members of its global community.

On Wednesday, the Irish Data Protection Commission, upholding European privacy laws with regard to Facebook, announced it would open an investigation into whether the leak constituted a breach of the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. 

Data on over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries was found on a website designed for hackers last January.

This data set is an information dump of names, birth date, e-mail addresses and phone numbers. Business Insider first reported of its availability at the beginning of April. 

The data leak has yet to be notified any users.

If Facebook is found to be in breach of the GDPR, it may face a fine of up to 4 percent of its total global revenue.

It is rumored that more than 800 million users’ personal information, including dates of birth and phone numbers, has been posted to a website for hackers.

Facebook says

“We are cooperating fully with the IDPC in its enquiry, which relates to features that make it easier for people to find and connect with friends on our services,” said a spokeswoman for Facebook in an emailed statement. “These features are common to many apps and we look forward to explaining them and the protections we have put in place.”

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