Facebook Leaked 1.5 Mn Emails Of Users ‘Unintentionally’ – Another Privacy Disaster?
You must know where the shores of security breaches swirl today, even with the best of technical brains in the world. We have some serious jaw-dropping news if you’ve joined the social networking tech-giant, Facebook on and after 2016.
Highlighting matters on the same ground, reports flooded on Wednesday that Facebook inadvertently uploaded the email contacts of about 1.5 million users without their consent, or in this case, without asking for permission and been stored in their library in readable formats. Admittedly, the social media-giant has been unaware of this incident, which was reported by a cyber-security researcher, named ‘e-sushi’.
If you noticed, there was a wave of revelation that Facebook had been asking its new users for passwords to their email accounts, since May 2016.
Facebook claimed to have addressed the situation as soon as it was notified. They did have a full-fledged procedure of signing in, which consisted of a step in the account verification process where the users were voluntarily asked for their consent to confirm their email address and import their email contacts, to help them find friends and spur connectivity.
The process though, was scrapped off in words from the new design model, reinvented on May 2016, while the feature itself didn’t find itself to be wiped off. Due to this lack of information, email contacts continued to be uploaded without the users being aware of it.
“Last month we stopped offering email password verification as an option for people verifying their account when signing up for Facebook for the first time. People can also review and manage the contacts they share with Facebook in their settings”, a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.
As per their verdict, Facebook has confirmed to contact people who have been affected by the incident and stresses that none of the contacts have been used in any branches of wrongdoings.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
This has not been the first time Facebook has come into negative light. After the significant string of saga with Cambridge Analytica in 2018, Facebook heavily defamed its security status. This wasn’t enough to bring all its stock and share prices down to almost five times. With Jan-Koum, the co-founder of Whatsapp and Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the founders of Instagram, exits from Facebook, the company’s market cap fell more than $36 million.
With the unlimited extent of internet usage around the world, it has become extremely viable to carry on psychological manipulations and fake news campaigns to target people in masses. In such an environment, a strike like this shakes the beliefs of millions connected.