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Facebook facing probes in Ireland

Neil Hodge | March 4, 2019

Facebook is the subject of 10 investigations by Ireland’s privacy regulator into whether the company and its subsidiaries have violated European Union privacy law—part of 15 probes that the regulator has opened up against major tech firms headquartered in the country.

Some of the investigations, disclosed as part of the Irish Data Protection Commission’s annual report released at the end of February, focus on whether Facebook is breaking the law over the way it gathers and processes individuals’ data. Others are looking into whether the company and its subsidiaries—WhatsApp and Instagram—are sufficiently transparent about how they handle data, why they need it, and whether they have done enough to safeguard it.

Of the 10 inquiries into Facebook’s data practices, four relate to data breaches (three are described as “token”...

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