Irish regulator launches inquiry into Facebook over potential breach of privacy laws

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LONDON — Ireland's Data Protection Commission announced Wednesday it is investigating Facebook for perchance breaching Ireland's Data Protection Act and Europe's General Data Protection Regulation.

It comes aft a dataset of 533 cardinal Facebook users worldwide was made disposable connected the internet.

After speaking to representatives from Facebook Ireland, Ireland's DPC said it believes Facebook whitethorn person breached 1 oregon much laws, adding that the institution whitethorn inactive beryllium breaching definite provisions.

It's unclear however agelong the probe volition last.

Facebook did not instantly respond to CNBC's petition for comment.