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4/18/2019
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Facebook Accidentally Imported 1.5M Users' Email Data Sans Consent

The social media giant says it did not access the imported data and is notifying affected users.

Facebook has confirmed it "unintentionally uploaded" email contacts belonging to 1.5 million new users without their knowledge since May 2016. It is now deleting the information.

This discovery, first reported by Business Insider, began when a security researcher realized Facebook was requesting email passwords to verify some users' identities during the account creation process. If the password was entered, users saw an alert informing them Facebook was importing their contacts – even though the site hadn't requested permission to do so.

As Facebook explained, prior to May 2016 it gave users the option to input their email passwords to verify their accounts and upload contacts. The idea was to use the imported data for better advertising and recommending friends to users. When the company changed this feature, it eliminated the language telling people their contacts would be uploaded. However, the functionality remained and has been importing data from email accounts ever since.

The social media giant says it didn't access the uploaded data and is informing people whose contacts were uploaded. That said, it's worth noting how many individuals' information may have been affected. This feature uploaded the contacts of 1.5 million users, many of whom could have had information belonging to hundreds of people in their email address books.

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REISEN1955,
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4/19/2019 | 9:31:15 AM
Re: Facebook
Zucky does not really care - he has billions and can retire in comfort whenever he wants too.  No vested interest in change.  
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4/18/2019 | 3:33:27 PM
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How is Facebook still around? They consistently make these privacy blunders. I posit that they will not be around, at least in this form in the next two decades, at least not in the form they currently hold.

Most Gen Y and younger are not utilizing the platform any longer in light of other more enticing options. Based on the current clientel it will see itself into forced obsoletion if substantial changes aren't made.
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