• Facebook Harvested Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users Without Their Consent

    4 monthes ago - By Mac Rumors

    Facebook harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent and used the data to build a web of their social connections, it emerged today. Business Insider reports that Facebook began collecting the contact lists in May 2016 when new users opened a new account on the social network.
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    The harvesting occurred when users were offered email password verification as an option to verify their identity when signing up to Facebook, a method widely condemned by security experts. In some cases if users did enter their password, a pop-up...
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  • Privacy: Facebook 'unintentionally' scraped and uploaded 1.5 million users' email contacts

    Privacy: Facebook 'unintentionally' scraped and uploaded 1.5 million users' email contacts

    4 monthes ago - By Beta News

    It seems that barely a week passes without another Facebook scandal emerging, and this week is no different. The company has revealed that it accidentally uploaded the email contacts of up to 1.5 million users who signed up for the social network since 2016. A glitch meant that new users who signed up for email password verification had their email contacts scraped and uploaded without consent. As of last month , Facebook stopped offering this verification option to first-time users, although it's not clear if this is because of the privacy issue. See also: Facebook suffers huge outage...
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