Facebook’s lead Writer at the European Union, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), on
“In regards to such data breaches. . .we have this week commenced a statutory question examining Facebook’s compliance with the relevant terms and conditions of the GDPR.”
Facebook said on Friday it had fixed a bug which may have exposed the private photos of around 6.8 million consumers, the most up-to-date in a string of glitches which have caused regulators around the world to investigate its own practices.
Although this doesn’t indicate the photographs were actually seen by anybody, the disclosure of this bug offers another reminder of just how much information Facebook has on its own 2.27 billion users and how frequently these kinds of slipups occur.
In a blog post, the company said that the insect affected 6.8 million individuals who granted permission for third-party apps to access the photos. Facebook stated the users’ photos might have been exposed for 12 days in September and that the bug was repaired.
Generally, when people give programs access to their photos, it means only photographs posted on their Facebook page. Facebook says the bug potentially gave developers access to additional photos, such as those shared on Marketplace or on Facebook Stories. The insect affected photos that individuals uploaded into Facebook but chose to not post or couldn’t post for technical reasons.