Dog chases Facebook over photos
An Irish watchdog is investigating Facebook following the social network’s announcement that a bug may have exposed photos of some 7m users. The Irish Data Protection Commissioner says it is looking into whether the company has complied with EU privacy rules.
Facebook announced that the software issue enable 1,500 third party apps to access private photos for 12 days ending in September.
“We’re sorry this happened,” the company stated simply in a blog post.
The investigation is something of a surprise given the IPD’s lacklustre regulation of Facebook to date. The agency is the EU’s frontline watchdog for the social network given Facebook’s location in the Republic but continental agencies have long criticised it for its timidity.