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Facebook Faces 7 Data Probes as Irish Watchdog Gets Tough (1)

Feb. 1, 2019, 1:11 PM

Facebook Inc. faces seven separate data-protection probes in Ireland as the country’s privacy regulator looks to take advantage of new rules that allow it to impose hefty fines.

The investigations are among 16 cases targeting big technology companies including Twitter Inc., Apple Inc., LinkedIn Corp., and also Facebook’s WhatsApp and Instagram, Helen Dixon, Ireland’s data protection commissioner, said in an interview.

Helen Dixon
Source: Irish Data Protection Authority

Many of the probes opened by the Irish and other EU regulators “are centered on the activities of very big internet companies with tens and hundreds of millions of users,” she said following a conference in Brussels this ...