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Facebook’s Lead EU Regulator Unlocks Inquiry into Data Breach


Facebook’s lead official in the European Union, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), on Friday, began an inquiry into a number of crack notifications received from the social networking site.

A narrator for the representative said in a statement, referencing Europe’s new privacy regulations that the Irish DPC has also received a number of crack notifications from Facebook since the beginning of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) on May 25, 2018. Along with the reference to these data openings, they will also face week start and a statutory inquiry examining Facebook’s compliance with the applicable supplies of the GDPR.

As per the statement made by Facebook on Friday it said that they had fixed a virus that may have exposed some of the secretive photos of up to 6.8 million users. Although this doesn’t mean that the photos were truly seen by anyone but the exposure of the bug offers another reminder of just how much data Facebook holds for its 2.27 billion users and how often these sorts of blunders might just happen.

In a blog post, the company said the virus affected 6.8 million people who asked for permission for third-party apps to access the photos. Facebook said the users’ photos may have been visible for 12 days in September but virus got fixed.

Usually, when people give apps access to their photos, it means only photos which are posted on their Facebook page. Facebook also says that the potential of the virus gives the developers access to other photos, which are shared on Marketplace or on Facebook Stories. The virus also affects the photos that people uploaded to Facebook but did not them selected them to post or could not post for technical reasons.


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