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Bell from the Privacy Authority for Facebook posts


First entry: Thursday, April 8, 2021, 11:28

The Personal Data Protection Authority, after the leak of files of 533 million people from Facebook, of which over 600,000 are from Greece, recommends, in its announcement, to those who “maintain a profile on social media, to limit the information that are publicly shared in them “.

In particular, the Authority states that “a set of datasets, which appear to be from Facebook, appeared on a hacking site over the weekend and contained files of 533 million people and a significant number of them are users from the EU and over 600,000 from GREECE”.

The Personal Data Protection Authority then notes: “Based on an initial investigation, the data appears to have been extracted some time ago from a public Facebook profile. Earlier data sets were released in 2018 and 2019 and involved large-scale data mining from the Facebook website, which, according to Facebook, occurred between June 2017 and April 2018 when Facebook fixed a vulnerability in the phone search functionality.

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According to these allegations, the extraction took place before the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (GPA) on 25/5/2018, and for this reason Facebook did not report the incident as a violation of personal data under Article 33 GPA . The new data set seems to include the original data set for 2018 (before GCC) in conjunction with additional files, which may come from a later period.

It is noted that the supervisory authority of Ireland, which is the leading supervisory authority, has launched an investigation into the incident and the cooperation procedures of the EU data protection authorities have been activated. A new update will follow when more information is available. In any case, the Authority recommends, to those who maintain profiles on social media, to restrict the information that is publicly shared on them “.

Last Updated: Thursday, 8 April 2021, 11:34

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