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“The Irish DPC has obtained a number of breach notifications from Facebook because the introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Legislation ) on May 25, 2018,” a spokesman for the commissioner said in a statement, referencing Europe’s new privacy regulations.
“With reference to these data breaches. . .we have this week commenced a statutory question examining Facebook’s compliance with all the relevant terms and conditions of the GDPR.”
Facebook said on Friday it had fixed a bug that might have exposed the private photographs of up to 6.8 million consumers, the latest in a string of glitches that have caused regulators across the world to research its practices.
Though this doesn’t indicate the photos were really seen by anyone, the revelation of the insect provides another reminder of just how much information Facebook has on its 2.27 billion users and how often these sorts of slipups happen.
In a blog post, the company said the bug affected 6.8 million people who granted permission for third-party apps to access the photographs. Facebook stated the users’ photos may have been exposed for 12 days in September and that the bug was repaired.
Generally, when folks give programs access to their photographs, it means only photos posted in their Facebook page. Facebook states the insect possibly gave developers access to other photos, like those shared on Marketplace or on Facebook Stories. The insect affected photos that people uploaded to Facebook but decided to not post or couldn’t post for technical reasons.