Facebook’s Latest Breach Illustrates The Limits Of GDPR

Another week, another security failure at Facebook. This week’s “bug” allowed the private photos of up to 6.8 million users to be improperly accessible to up to 1,500 different applications built by 876 different developers for nearly two weeks before the company noticed the security lapse and fixed it. Once again the company is merely “sorry this happened” but offering no compensation to those users whose trust it violated.

As Facebook racks up security failure after security failure, it raises the question of why users should continue to trust it with their data. Moreover, the company’s two month wait to notify data protection authorities after it discovered the breach, in spite of GDPR’s 72-hour notification requirement, reminds us that GDPR is far more limited than the public understands.

Read more about the latest Facebook breach on Forbes.