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1.5m People Impacted By Facebook Data Leak

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

12:38 6 Apr 2021


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The Data Protection Commission is working to get to the bottom of a Facebook data leak that affects up to 1.5 million people in Ireland.

It’s believed the information was scraped from the social media site before GDPR regulations came into force.

Names, email addresses and phone numbers of one and a half million Irish people are now available online.

Additional information given by users to Facebook, such as locations and employers names, are also now in the public domain, thanks to a major data leak that’s affecting 530 million people globally.

It’s believed the information was scraped from the site back in 2018, before GDPR rules were introduced.

It's not believed the leak will affect people who use WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook as the messaging platform provides end-to-end encryption.

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