Turkish watchdog fines Facebook $271,000 over data breach

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This photograph taken on May 16, 2018, shows figurines standing in front of the logo of social network Facebook on a cracked screen of a smartphone in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET

Turkey’s Personal Data Protection Authority (KVKK) said on Friday it had fined Facebook 1.65 million Turkish lira ($270,976.01) in April due to a data breach, Reuters reported.

It cited a Facebook statement from December that said the company had discovered an “API bug” that allowed third-party applications to access Facebook user photos. The KVKK said around 300,000 users in Turkey may have been affected by the data breach.

It also said that the API bug was active for 12 days last September and that Facebook failing to intervene in time highlighted deficiencies in its technical precautions.

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