Facebook under investigation by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner

Last Friday, Facebook announced that it has uncovered a bug that may have affect up to 6.8 million of its members. This bug gave third-party apps access to more users’ photos than they originally thought.

The bug was found in software that used Facebook’s login to grant third-party apps access to a user’s photos on the platform. This bug was active for 12 days between 13 and 25 September.

The DPC (Data Protection Commission) confirmed this morning that it has received a number of breach notifications from Facebook since the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect on 25 May 2018. Following this most recent breach, the DPC has commenced a statutory inquiry examining Facebook’s compliance with the relevant provisions of the GDPR.

If Facebook – which was already facing an official probe from the Irish DPC for a privacy issue uncovered in September that reportedly affected 30 million people – are found to be in breach of the tough new GDPR rules, it could be fined up to 4% of its annual turnover.


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