Facebook's large data breach, disclosed late last week, has drawn more regulatory scrutiny from the European Union. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, which serves as Facebook’s lead privacy regulator for the EU, announced Saturday that it has required the company provide more information about the incident, including which European residents appear to be affected. Fines under GDPR could reach $1.63 billion. The UK has also told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that they want him to testify before Parliament about what some MPs call the "terrible disrespect" shown British citizens' data.
Last week's disclosure seems to have largely undone whatever good was worked by COO Sandberg's testimony before the Senate. The US Federal Trade Commission wants some answers, which is rarely a good thing for the company being asked to provide them, and comprehensive US privacy legislation seems (today at least) likelier.
In a distinct action, the European Parliament is considering initiating an audit of Facebook over its entanglement with the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
Industry reaction to the Facebook breach has been to approve, generally of the company's incident response while disapproving of the missteps that permitted the exploitation in the first place.
US officials have been concerned about the possibility of Chinese election meddling for some time. A perceived decrease in the rate of Chinese cyberattacks may signify greater sophistication.
The guy in Taiwan who was going to livestream his obliteration of Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page over the weekend decided against doing so. Instead he applied for a bug bounty.