Investigation launched after Facebook error exposes passwords 2 years ago

Investigation launched after Facebook error exposes passwords

A Facebook error has seen millions of passwords being exposed.

The tech giant has admitted to a breach which means that company employees could have seen the passwords of users.


The Irish Data Protection Commission confirmed that it has been notified of the issue.

In a statement, it said: “We have commenced an inquiry to determine whether Facebook complied with its obligations.”

According to RTÉ an investigation has now been launched in regards to GDPR.

"The Data Protection Commission was notified by Facebook that it had discovered that hundreds of millions of user passwords, relating to users of Facebook, Facebook Lite and Instagram, were stored by Facebook in plain text format in its internal servers.

"We have this week commenced a statutory inquiry in relation to this issue to determine whether Facebook has complied with its obligations under relevant provisions of the GDPR," the authority said.

Facebook apparently fixed the error in January and it has been reported that no employee kept hold of any passwords.