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Sunday 20 October 2019

Facebook 'faces big new data breach fine'


Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/PA
Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/PA
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Facebook is potentially facing huge fines as Ireland's data protection commissioner announced a fresh investigation into the social media giant.

The move comes after Facebook admitted another privacy error, possibly affecting seven million people. The bug may have allowed up to 1,500 apps get access to private photos held by users on the social site.

Facebook is already facing an official probe from the Irish data watchdog for a previous privacy leak in September, which the company said may have affected 30 million people.

Under tough new EU GDPR rules, a company can be fined up to 4pc of its annual turnover. In Facebook's case, this could amount to around €1.5bn.

Because so many big tech companies choose to headquarter in Ireland, the data commissioner here is responsible for investigating when there is a problem.

In a blog post, Facebook revealed more about the data leak.

"Our internal team discovered a photo API bug that may have affected people who used Facebook login and granted permission to third-party apps to access their photos," wrote Facebook executive Tomer Bar. "We're sorry this happened."

Facebook will roll out new tools for app developers to counteract the issue.

Irish Independent

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