Canada's privacy watchdog is investigating the Ashley Madison data breach after millions of user accounts were exposed by hackers.
As first reported by the Toronto Star, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner said Monday it has opened an investigation into Avid Life Media, the Toronto-based company that runs AshleyMadison.com.
A hacking group calling itself The Impact Team hacked Ashley Madison in July, and later released the data of millions of users online.
The hackers say they targeted the dating site for people who want to cheat on their partners because it did not fully delete user information even after charging people $20 to completely wipe their accounts.
Toronto Police said Monday that two unconfirmed suicides have been linked to the Ashley Madison breach.
The company is likely to face a barrage of lawsuits as a result of the massive data breach.
Two Ontario law firms have already filed a $578 million class-action lawsuit on behalf of Canadians who subscribed to Ashley Madison over the company's handling of personal data.
Similar lawsuits are being filed in the U.S., but as BuzzFeed News reported this week, different legal standards make the company more vulnerable to class-action suits in Canada.
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