Facebook has become involved in storing passwords for millions of users

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC), the main regulator in the EU, has launched an investigation into the Facebook corporation case that failed to protect millions of user passwords, the European version of Politico writes.

The publication states that the engineers of the corporation stored the passwords of the users of the Facebook and Instagram networks on the internal servers without encryption.

“Hundreds of millions of passwords owned by Facebook, Facebook Lite and Instagram users were stored in plain text on Facebook’s internal servers. This week we launched an investigation into the law,” a press release on the Irish Commission website said.

Also in the statement of the commission, it is noted that one of the tasks on this issue is “to determine whether Facebook has fulfilled its obligations in accordance with the current provisions of the General Regulations on the protection of personal data (GDPR)”.

Politico said that the Irish regulator will be able to use the new rules of the GDPR, which imply “fines up to 4% of the company’s revenues” or 20 million euros “in case of abuse.”

In addition, on Thursday it was reported that the social network Facebook expects a fine from the US regulatory authorities because of the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, in the amount of 3-5 billion dollars.

This is not the first case of open internal access to passwords of social network users. So, Facebook at the end of March reported that the passwords of a large number of Facebook users were available for reading by employees of the social network.

According to the company, they were stored in a readable format in the company’s internal data storage systems, although usually user passwords are stored in an “unreadable” form for employees.

Facebook stated that the problem was resolved, as a precautionary measure, the company promised to warn everyone whose passwords were discovered in the clear.

Facebook is one of the largest social networks. It was founded in February 2004 by 19-year-old American student Mark Zuckerberg. Headquartered in Menlo Park (California).

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