Oath Escapes with a Notice After ‘Massive’ Data Breach in Ireland

June 10, 2018


After a data breach that impacted the secrecy of 500 million people internationally in 2014, Yahoo – and the company’s new owner Oath, have escaped with a notice from Ireland’s Data Protection Commission.

Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was enacted on May 25, 2018 and the breach happened in 2014 the Irish controlling body chose not to take any action against the Internet titan.  The DPC has ordered Oath, the firm that was created in the union of AOL and Yahoo, to make certain that they are conforming with the new European Union GDPR law going forward.

Although no penalty was issued, the case exposes the responsibility of the DPC in the wider digital world when you think that Ireland is home to the global headquarters of so many internet goliaths, from Facebook to Microsoft and Google, to name a few.

In the proclamation of its decision, the DPC said: “The breach which was informed to the DPC in September 2016 included the unauthorized duplicating and getting, by one or more third parties, of material contained in roughly 500m user accounts from Yahoo Inc setup in 2014. At the related time, Yahoo EMEA was the data manager for the subset of the affected user accounts linked with EU people, with Yahoo Inc representing as its data processor. The data breach ranks as one of the biggest breaches to impact EU inhabitants, affecting roughly 39m European users. It is the biggest breach which has ever been reported to and probed by the DPC. The probe of this breach was provided the utmost importance by the DPC with substantial funds committed to the probe over a lengthy period of time.

In noticing Google in breach of the data rules in place by Ireland and the EU the DPC stated that Yahoo depended on universal policies that didn’t take into account its legal responsibilities and had fallen short in its efforts to abide by data protection rule. In spite of coming to this finding, the DPC didn’t apply a financial sanction, in its place it issued a notice to Yahoo (Oath) that it should comply with GDPR or face bigger penalties for future breaches.