Instagram data breach

The photo sharing site owned by the troubled Facebook who has been in the news recently over is own data loss, is facing another allegation that Instagram has stored online an unguarded database of its users contact details that total almost 50 million.

Photo sharing site Instagram says it is trying to find out how contact details of almost 50 million of its users were stored online in an unguarded database.

TechCrunch, reported that the data included personal information such as email and phone numbers of high profile users known as “influencers”.

The database has been traced to a Mumbai-based company called Chtrbox.

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, told the BBC it was trying to find out where the data had come from.

“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,” it said in a statement.

Data Protection issues are becoming more high profile with recent cased involving the UK courts for compensation where there has been a breach.

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