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Facebook copied 1.5m users' email contacts
« on: April 18, 2019, 11:26:06 AM »
BBC News 18-04-2019

Facebook "unintentionally" uploaded the email contacts of more than 1.5 million users without asking permission to do so, the social network has admitted.
The data harvesting happened via a system used to verify the identity of new members. Facebook asked new users to supply the password for their email account, and took a copy of their contacts. Facebook said it had now changed the way it handled new users to stop contacts being uploaded.

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All those users whose contacts were taken would be notified and all the contacts it had grabbed without consent would be deleted, it said. The information grabbed is believed to have been used by Facebook to help map social and personal connections between users.

Full story: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47974574?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c81zyn0888lt/facebook-cambridge-analytica-scandal&link_location=live-reporting-story

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Re: Facebook copied 1.5m users' email contacts
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2019, 05:16:20 PM »
Not only Facebook but Instagram as well.  From Keeping Passwords Secure | Facebook Newsroom:
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(Update on April 18, 2019 at 7AM PT: Since this post was published, we discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users. We will be notifying these users as we did the others. Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed).


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Re: Facebook copied 1.5m users' email contacts
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2019, 12:00:22 PM »
BBC News 18-04-2019

Facebook "unintentionally" uploaded the email contacts of more than 1.5 million users without asking permission to do so, the social network has admitted.
The data harvesting happened via a system used to verify the identity of new members. Facebook asked new users to supply the password for their email account, and took a copy of their contacts. Facebook said it had now changed the way it handled new users to stop contacts being uploaded.

Data losses

All those users whose contacts were taken would be notified and all the contacts it had grabbed without consent would be deleted, it said. The information grabbed is believed to have been used by Facebook to help map social and personal connections between users.

Full story: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47974574?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c81zyn0888lt/facebook-cambridge-analytica-scandal&link_location=live-reporting-story

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It should say we will delete the contacts we grabbed since we have already sold them.

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Re: Facebook copied 1.5m users' email contacts
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2019, 01:45:52 PM »
Banks are just as bad with those meaningless papers about "what we do with your information".

Then there is this: We renewed a CD at a bank that was acquired by another bank. Because there are so many more branches and people might not know us so they asked us to pick 3 security questions. I can't believe they are still using "what is your mother's maiden name?". Seriously??? How insecure can you get. I didn't pick that and with the questions I picked, I didn't give answers you'd find on the internet. (No one said I had to give true answers to stupid questions. As long as I wrote down the "answers" I gave, I should be fine to prove who I am in case they don't trust my driver's license and another form of ID.)

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Re: Facebook copied 1.5m users' email contacts
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2019, 03:39:14 PM »
I agree, plodr.  Never provide a real answer to those so-called security questions -- "Which high school did you attend?", "What is the name of the city you were born in?", etc.

As to Facebook, too many people have their profiles set a "public" rather than "friends only" and share way too much personal information.


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Re: Facebook copied 1.5m users' email contacts
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2019, 05:35:20 PM »
It seems almost criminal that Facebook would take that information without consent, especially if "information grabbed is believed to have been used by Facebook to help map social and personal connections between users" as noted in the article!