A Facebook Bug Exposed Photos for almost 7 Million Users

A Facebook Bug Exposed Photos for almost 7 Million Users

The company said Friday that the bug affected 6.8 million people who used Facebook to log in to other services and granted permission for third-party apps to access the photos for 12 days in September.

When a user gives an app permission to access photos, the app is supposed to get access only to the photos shared on the user's Facebook timeline.

Facebook has revealed that a software bug exposed the photos of up to 6.8 million users, including pictures they had not posted.

Facebook has disclosed another security mess-up that affected millions of its users - something that has become a routine for the social networking giant. Facebook also did not say whether it had found that any user photos had been accessed.

The company claims to have notified Europe's Office Of The Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC) of the breach as required by the wide-ranging GDPR rules implemented earlier this year. This "bug" affects almost 6.8 million of Facebook users.

Facebook said it will notify people potentially impacted by the bug.

Although Facebook discovered the flaw in September, it didn't notify the public for almost three months because it was investigating the issue to find out how many people were affected, the company said. The Silicon Valley behemoth has admitted that hackers had accessed the data of 29 million of its users in September. "We will be working with those developers to delete the photos from impacted users", said Facebook.

Facebook will notify users of
Facebook will notify users of

The glitch could undermine Facebook's efforts to assure users and regulators that it was making progress in bolstering security and privacy after a series of embarrassments, internet analysts said. They say it took time for the company to investigate whch apps and people were impacted, and build and translate the warning notification it will send impacted users.

"We're sorry this happened", engineering director Tomer Bar said in a message to developers, adding that the company has fixed the issue.

Another month, another Facebook privacy scandal, eh?

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is also looking into Facebook data breaches.

Bar pointed out that the only apps affected by the bug are ones that Facebook had approved to access the photos API and that individuals had authorized to access their photos.

Facebook declined to detail the exact apps that may have obtained these photos or what they may have done with them.

It's a Friday, people, which means there's more bad news from Facebook. We're talking about a company that has failed to preserve its users' private information, not once, but two times in the same year.

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