September 28, 2018 / 8:08 PM / 20 days ago

UK regulator to enquire if Facebook data breach has affected UK citizens

(Reuters) - The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office said on Friday it will make enquiries with Facebook Inc and other overseas regulators to find out if British citizens were affected by a security breach announced by the company earlier in the day.

FILE PHOTO: A woman looks at the Facebook logo on an iPad in this photo illustration taken June 3, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Illustration/File Photo

Facebook said it discovered a security breach affecting about 50 million user accounts after attackers stole Facebook access tokens through its “view as” feature which they used to take over people’s accounts.

"It's always the company's responsibility to identify when UK citizens have been affected as part of a data breach and take steps to reduce any harm to consumers," ICO Deputy Commissioner of operations, James Dipple-Johnstone said bit.ly/2y1ahTQ.

Reporting by Philip George in Bengaluru; Emelia Sithole-Matarise

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