Can you believe it’s been one year (on 25 May) since GDPR came into effect tightening up laws on data protection and giving EU citizens greater control of how their personal data is used.
Yet while GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has vastly improved data protection and consent in the digital age, the threat and the occurrence of data violations remain high.
Only yesterday (21 May) it was revealed that Instagram has accidentally leaked the private data of some 49 million users (and growing), including many of its major influencers. It’s believed the leaked database came from Chtrbox, a Mumbai-based media company that pays influencers to post sponsored content.
Facebook, which owns Instagram, released a statement which read: “We’re looking into the issue to understand if the data described — including email and phone numbers — was from Instagram or from other sources. We’re also inquiring with Chtrbox to understand where this data came from and how it became publicly available.”