Turkey fines Facebook for failing to protect personal data

The authority ruled the social media company had not taken the required technical measures to protect the data and failed to notify authorities about the bug in a timely manner.

10 May 2019 | 18:18

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 10 May 2019 | 18:18

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ANKARA, Turkey: Turkey’s state-run news agency says the country’s data protection agency has fined Facebook 1.650 million Turkish lira ($270,000) for contravening data laws.

The Turkish Personal Data Protection Authority said Friday the fine was imposed over a software bug that exposed millions of Facebook users’ private photos to third-party app developers.

The authority ruled the social media company had not taken the required technical measures to protect the data and failed to notify authorities about the bug in a timely manner.

Facebook said in December that a software bug may have affected 6.8 million people who used Facebook to log into other services and granted permission for third-party apps to access photos for 12 days in September.

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