According to resources (Irish Data Protection Commission) investigating that what if the Facebook left (exposed) hundreds of millions of passwords in simple plain text format & violated the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Facebook informed the Data Protection Commission that they discovered a glitch (might be) in their internal servers which caused the storage of the passwords in simple plain text format of the hundreds of millions users of Facebook, Facebook Lite & Instagram.
The watchdog wrote in its Thursday release:
“we started a statutory inquiry to look after this matter either Facebook fulfil the requirement to meet the standards of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or not”.
Ireland Data protection commission (IDPC) is the major authority for Facebook under the EU’s data laws, which was came into effect in May 2018.
Moreover, the Facebook team admitted this in March that through an internal investigation they came to know that the passwords of the millions of users are available easily for the Facebook team & staff said by Facebook in an emailed statement on Friday.
On the other hand, the Facebook spokesperson said:
“They are working with the Ireland Data protection commission (IDPC) on this inquiry.
He ensured that this is true that they found passwords but they did not found that those passwords were misused, abused or improperly accessed”.
The New York attorney general office said:
“due to this people would be more concern about their data privacy & security because it is affecting 1.5 million users’ email contacts”.
Also, Canada’s regulator said:
They would take legal action against the misuse of privacy & would take the company to the court.