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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 01:15 AM

In New Gaffe, Facebook Improperly Collects email Contacts For 1.5 Million

Remember when Facebook asked for email passwords? The blunder just got worse.

Ars Technica
Dan Goodin
4/18/2019, 5:40 PM

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Facebook's privacy gaffes keep coming. On Wednesday, the social media company said it collected the stored email address lists of as many as 1.5 million users without permission. On Thursday, the company said the number of Instagram users affected by a previously reported password storage error was in the "millions," not the "tens of thousands" as previously estimated.

Facebook said the email contact collection was the result of a highly flawed verification technique that instructed some users to supply the password for the email address associated with their account if they wanted to continue using Facebook. Security experts almost unanimously criticized the practice, and Facebook dropped it as soon as it was reported.

In a statement issued to reporters, Facebook wrote:

Earlier this month we stopped offering email password verification as an option for people verifying their account when signing up for Facebook for the first time. When we looked into the steps people were going through to verify their accounts we found that in some cases people's email contacts were also unintentionally uploaded to Facebook when they created their account. We estimate that up to 1.5 million people's email contacts may have been uploaded. These contacts were not shared with anyone and we're deleting them. We've fixed the underlying issue and are notifying people whose contacts were imported. People can also review and manage the contacts they share with Facebook in their settings.

Business Insider first reported the harvesting of the email contacts. When users gave their passwords to Facebook, the publication said, they received a message declaring that Facebook was importing their contacts. The collection happened without asking for permission first.

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 01:30 AM

Embracing the Zuck!
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Posted 20 April 2019 - 10:23 AM

View PostTicked@TinselTown, on 20 April 2019 - 01:30 AM, said:

Embracing the Zuck!

Now that's damned witty right there! :thumbsup:
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Posted 20 April 2019 - 11:34 AM

That's not a gaffe, it's a feature. They are a spy organization.
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Posted 20 April 2019 - 11:38 AM

View PostTaggart Transcontinental, on 20 April 2019 - 11:34 AM, said:

That's not a gaffe, it's a feature. They are a spy organization.

Funny, that's exactly what I was thinking when I posted the story.
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Posted 20 April 2019 - 02:08 PM

View PostTaggart Transcontinental, on 20 April 2019 - 11:34 AM, said:

That's not a gaffe, it's a feature. They are a spy organization.


:yeahthat:

TANSTAAFL. Ain't nothing "free" in this best-of-all-possible worlds.

Companies like Google, Facebook, etc., exist for one reason and one reason only: To monetize every scintilla of data about you. All the "free" stuff they're giving away? That's just the cheese on the mousetrap.
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