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Facebook gave third-party developers access to 6.8 million users private photos / Boing Boing



Facebook has notified 6.8 million users that, due to an error, the company allowed third party developers to access all user images, including those marked as private.

Facebook says the bug was active for two weeks in September, but it's only alerting users about this now (you can check if your photos were exposed here).

GDPR requires Facebook to inform users about violations within 72 hours. Facebook waited three months. They say this does not violate GDPR.

Europe's general data protection regulation, which came into force earlier this year, gives the companies 72 hours to notify the authorities of violations. It has been well over 72 days since Facebook first discovered the problem with Photos API.

It does not necessarily mean that the company skirts the rules, though. Facebook argues that it took the time to investigate whether the event qualified as a breach of GDPR initially and that it told the relevant authorities within 72 hours after it was determined. Similarly, Facebook says it took so long to alert affected users because it took time to identify and contact developers, and to build a "meaningful way" to alert users that they had not managed to protect their data. Given the number of times Facebook has had to do it this year, you think they would get it down now.

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( Image: JD Lasica, Cryteria CC-BY )

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Cory Doctorow

I am writing books. My last one is: a YA graphic novel called In Real Life (with Jen Wang); A non-fiction book about art and the Internet called information will not be free: the laws of the Internet age (with introductions by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer) and a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to little brother). I'm talking about everything and I tweet and thumb too.

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