Facebook faces mass legal action over data leaks

   Facebook users whose data was compromised due to a big data leak are being urged to take legal action against the tech giant.
   Some 530 million people have leaked some personal information, including phone numbers, in some cases.
   A digital security team is preparing to take the case in Irish court on behalf of affected EU citizens.

   Facebook denies misbehavior, saying the data was "obtained" from information publicly available on the site. Antoin Ó Lachtnain, the current director of Digital Rights Ireland (DRI), warns tech giants other than themselves that their move could be the beginning of the domino effect.
   "This will be the first action series of its kind but we're sure it won't be the last," he said.
   "The scale of this breach and the depth of the compromised personal information, is staggering."
   "The law is there to protect consumers and their own personal data, and it's time for these tech giants to awaken to the fact that the protection of personal data is there," he added. be done." . " serious."DRI claims Facebook has failed to protect user data and notify those affected.
   Data leaks were first discovered and fixed in 2019, but have recently been easily made available online for free.
DRI says individual users engaged in legal action can be offered compensation of up to € 12,000 (£ 10,445) if it succeeds - based on what it says are similar cases in Other countries.
   'Domino effect'Ray Walsh, a digital privacy expert at ProPrivacy, told the BBC: “If successful, this could set a precedent and open the door to further class action lawsuits.
   "Big Tech can see that the implementation to compensate individual users is a strong reminder to work harder in the coming time for privacy compliance," he added.
   On Thursday, the Irish Data Protection Commission announced its decision to open an investigation into the leak.
It will assess if any part of the GDPR or the Data Protection Act of 2018 has been breached by Facebook.
If found violated, the social media giant can be fined up to 4% of its revenue.
Responding to DRI's legal case, a Facebook spokesperson said: "We understand people's concerns, which is why we continue to strengthen our systems to make money making money. from Facebook without our permission becomes more difficult and hunts down the guys behind it. "
   He also pointed to other companies involved in similar leaks recently.
"As LinkedIn and Clubhouse have shown, no company can completely eliminate truncation or prevent datasets like this from appearing. That's why we devote considerable resources to counteracting. re-build it and will continue to build up your capacity to help overcome this challenge, "he said.