A potential data breach at Google being investigated by the Data Protection Commission

The bad days for the big conglomerates Facebook and Google doesn’t seem to be over.  Just when it became clear that Facebook will have to pay hefty fine for the Cambridge Analytics scandal, Google is back on the data protection authorities’ radar.

A potential data breach at Google is being investigated by Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner.

It follows reports that the company’s Home smart speaker may have been unintentionally recording conversations among users.

A spokesperson for the commission said it was made aware of the potential breach on Thursday evening and is looking into it.

It is unclear at this stage if any Irish customers had their data compromised.

Spokesperson for the Commission, Graham Doyle, said Google made it aware of the possible breach.

Mr Doyle said: “We received a breach notification from Google on Thursday evening in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and we are currently assessing the information we have.”