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Facebook admits to "unintentionally" uploading 1.5 million new users' email contacts without...

By midian182 · 16 replies
Apr 18, 2019
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  1. The revelation comes after a security researcher discovered Facebook was asking some new signups to enter the passwords for their emails accounts as a way of verifying their identities.

    Business Insider yesterday reported that some of those who did enter their passwords were presented with a popup informing them that their contacts were being imported—without asking for permission.

    Before May 2016, new Facebook users were asked if they wanted to verify their identity using their email account. They were also asked if they wanted to upload their address books. Facebook claims it changed the feature and removed the text stating the contact information was being uploaded, but the underlying code that performed this task accidentally remained.

    Facebook said it stopped offering the email password verification option a month ago. It is now deleting the uploaded contacts and over the coming days will be notifying the 1.5 million users whose address books were imported.

    A company spokesperson told Business Insider reporter Rob Price that the scraped contacts were used to recommend friends to users and improve ads on the network.

    This is just the latest case of Facebook taking a lax approach to user privacy and data. Last month, it admitted to storing hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text, and this is despite Mark Zuckerberg's promise of a “privacy-focused” future.

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  2. dangh

    dangh TS Enthusiast Posts: 45   +62

    Unintentionally? Like, there is a code involved to do that, someone had to write it, approve it, DB for the new data had to be created and so on... What other BS are they going to feed people?
  3. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 837   +642

    "It is now deleting the uploaded contacts"

    If something was digitally stored, it is there forever. So, they are going through ALL of their backups as well? And all of the third party sites they sold them to? How about all of the emails they have been scanning through my phone - without my permission? I signed up in 2009... well before this scandal of many.
  4. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,575   +1,177

    I will give smuckerberg nothing but old memes and past-vacation photos.

    He's proven over and over again he can't be trusted with our data.
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  5. moral hazard

    moral hazard TS Rookie Posts: 23   +6

    Is it me or does Zuck starting to look more and more like Emperor Palpatine?
    lexster likes this.
  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,811   +1,179

    So what's going on with the GDPR and why are we not hearing about any fine around it?

    "sorry" "ok move on"?

    I'm amazed how the stocks were completely untouched by this.
  7. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,192   +2,476

    IMO, Facebook itself is BS that has been fed to people. :laughing:
    I've given him nothing but a raised middle finger since the inception of fakebook.
    Well, he has been sounding like him since day 1 of fakebook, IMO. :laughing:
  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,677   +4,024

    Oh boy, we can look forward to another Zuck "BS" apology and no penalty ..... hey, Bob Mueller is available, let's let him investigate it!
    wiyosaya likes this.
  9. Mike89

    Mike89 TS Booster Posts: 75   +36

    lol, that''s funny as F. Left wing Mueller investigating left wing Zuckerburg. Yeah like that day is ever going to happen.
  10. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,192   +2,476

    But Mueller is actually right-wing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Mueller
  11. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 607   +297

    Yet another reason I'm not on FB.
    wiyosaya likes this.
  12. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 2,038   +1,556

    Breaking news: Facebook caught not exposing and selling peoples data, internet in disbelief.
  13. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,107   +1,589

    My thoughts precisely (y) (Y)
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,159   +4,112

    Oh come on, now you're trying to claim people should research things before they mindlessly post here? :facepalm:
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,159   +4,112

    There's a couple of possibilities in play here. The first is that people have finally and completely resigned themselves to the fact there is no such thing as "true privacy" in the digital age. It obviously follows there's "no disturbance in the force", and life goes on.

    Or, they surmise that doucherberg will make money selling those contacts many times over, before he "deletes them"...;) In a very bizarre and frightening way, this is actually a win for stockholders. Or at the very least, Facebook shareholders who refrain from "over sharing" on the platform itself.

    I will say one thing for zuckie, as a boldface liar, he is definitely in a league with Donald Trump.:eek:
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2019
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  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,159   +4,112

    You're right, it will never happen, but certainly not because of the silly conclusion you've managed to come up with.

    There's no conflict of interest between any governmental agency and Zuckerberg, hence no need to appoint "special counsel". Should they be of a mind to do so, the FBI is, (ostensibly), up to the task.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,159   +4,112

    This has the makings of a pretty decent riddle / meme.
    Sic: "Why are Facebook members like vegetables"? Ans: "The more manure you dump on them, the more they grow to like it".

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