Facebook bug exposes millions of private photos


"We have fixed the issue but, because of this bug, some third-party apps may have had access to a broader set of photos than usual for 12 days between September 13 to September 25, 2018".

The flaw allowed apps that users accessed through the social network's "Facebook Login" system to see photos that had been uploaded but not published on Facebook, as well as photos published to Facebook's "Marketplace" and to its Stories feature.

The bug also affected photos that people uploaded but never actually posted.

That's right - Facebook keeps copies of pictures you upload to the app and then don't get around to posting. just in case you want to come back and finish off the post.

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.

It is the latest in a series of data breaches at the social network, which has faced scrutiny following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

The bug was caused by an error in a code update in September, Facebook said.

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A Facebook bug may have exposed private and unlisted photos of users to the wider web. However, the company once again chose not to disclose it since on the same day, another Facebook privacy disaster was reported that affected 30 million users.

Meanwhile, Facebook is working directly with the 876 developers who created over 1,500 apps affected by the bug. 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.

A bug reportedly allowed third-party app developers to access the photos.

"We already have a lot of evidence to reinforce the idea that Facebook is sloppy", he said in an email, adding that the company prioritizes growth at the expense of other considerations.

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With each breakdown, Facebook risks losing credibility with both its audience and the advertisers whose spending generates most of the company's revenue.

Ms O'Keefe, a senior consultant with Castlebridge, an information management firm said: "The DPC may well be losing its patience with Facebook".