by Axios | 12.14.18
A Facebook bug in late September allowed outside apps to access photos they weren't supposed to, including some that users uploaded but hadn't posted. Facebook said on Friday.
Why it matters: Facebook is already facing skeptical users and regulators who believe it doesn't respect user privacy.
Ireland's data protection regulator said it had opened an investigation this week into Facebook's data practices, including this breach. The company's privacy practices are also under investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
Our thought bubble: Every tech company experiences bugs, but Facebook's massive user base means any flaw can affect millions. Moreover, the company has once again failed to disclose a privacy issue in a timely manner — a pattern that doesn't strengthen trust.
Editor's note: This story was updated with more details about investigations of Facebook's practices around the world.
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