Irish data watchdog launches investigation into Facebook over leak affecting half a billion users

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Facebook may have breached data protection regulations after the personal information of 533 million of its users was leaked online, Ireland’s data authority has said, as it announced an investigation into the social media giant.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) said in a statement on Wednesday that it will launch an inquiry in relation to media reports of a freely available online dataset containing users’ personal details.

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