Facebook’s lead regulator in the European Union, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), on
“In regards to these data breaches. . .we have this week commenced a statutory inquiry examining Facebook’s compliance with all the relevant terms and conditions of the GDPR.”
Facebook said on Friday it had fixed a bug which may have exposed the private photographs of up to 6.8 million consumers, the latest in a series of glitches that have caused regulators around the world to investigate its own practices.
Though this does not indicate the photographs were really seen by anyone, the disclosure of this insect offers another reminder of just how much data Facebook has on its own 2.27 billion users and how frequently these sorts of slipups happen.
In a blog post, the business said the bug affected 6.8 million people who granted permission for third-party apps to get the photographs. Facebook said the users’ photos might have been exposed for 12 days in September and that the bug was repaired.
Generally, when folks give programs access to their photos, it means only photos posted in their Facebook page. Facebook says the insect possibly gave developers access to additional photos, such as those shared on Marketplace or on Facebook Stories. The bug also influenced photos that people uploaded to Facebook but decided not to post or could not post for technical reasons.