Friday 20 July 2018

Ireland warned Facebook in 2011 of grave risks to users' data

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Reuters
Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Reuters

James Titcomb in London

Facebook was warned that its users were at risk two years before the data of 50 million people was accessed by a controversial political firm.

In 2011, the social media giant's European regulator cautioned that it was failing to ensure that data was protected when passed to third-party software developers.

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) initially warned Facebook of this oversight in December 2011, claiming that it could not "assure users of the security of their data".

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