Facebook Moves Swiftly to Tackle Secrecy Error

June 13, 2018


Towards the end of the previous week, social media titan Facebook disclosed it faced a data secrecy breach previous week that put 14 million users of the platform at risk.

From May 18 and 27, a technical fault meant that the secrecy settings for new posts were automatically set to public audience by default. Facebook has said that this problem affected 14 million users. The firm has issued warnings to users and recommending them to exercise care every time that they write a new post or update. Moreover, Facebook has altered the default possibility to private until users have a possibility to study this and select to “set to public” once more.

Facebook’s Chief Secrecy Officer, Erin Egan’s issued a statement that said: “We later found a bug that automatically recommended posting publicly when a number of people were generating their Facebook posts. We have resolved this problem and beginning today we are letting everybody affected know and questioning them to study any posts they made during that time. To be clear, this bug didn’t impact anything people had posted earlier — and they might still select their audience just as they always have.”

The promptness of the steps that were taken by Facebook is being described as a renewed attempt to make sure conformity with the latest European Union GDPR law. Facebook is also emphasizing that this is a beginning to the new practical and transparent ways for the business to administer problems. This comes on the back of Facebook declaring that it has had data-sharing associations with at least four Chinese electronics firms, including a manufacturing firm that works closely with the Chinese government.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, while being asked by US Congress, confessed his private data was among that wrongly obtained by election consultancy company Cambridge Analytica in an earlier breach in early 2018.

The UK’s data regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office, specified that as Facebook’s European headquarters are in Dublin, the EU-wide GDPR rules need the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) to take the lead on this situation for EU Member Countries.