Facebook breach shows need for data privacy law, say rights experts
KARACHI: Following the massive data breach to Facebook, digital rights experts in Pakistan have reminded authorities of the pressing need for specific laws in the country to protect private data of individuals.
On Friday, Facebook revealed that 50 million accounts were breached in a security flaw exploited by hackers, which had prompted 90 million users across the globe to change their passwords.
The breach, it said, had taken place a few days earlier, on the afternoon of Sept 25. While Facebook claims that it has plugged the loophole, it has not stated what the consequences of the hack are.
In a telephonic briefing by Facebook’s executives later, it was revealed that the flaw affected more than just Facebook. If an account was impacted it meant that a hacker could have accessed any third-party application such as Instagram that was logged in using Facebook. Facebook Login is the tool that allows users to sign in with a Facebook account instead of traditional login credentials and many users choose it as a convenient way to sign into a variety of apps and services.