Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Benin feels the pinch of Nigeria's economic woes

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Deutsche Bank shares recover after turbulent week

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Inside Aleppo: 'Feels like prison'

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The Legacy of Shimon Peres, The Battle of Aleppo (Part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump-Clinton Debate, Colombia Peace Deal, Death of the BlackBerry (Part 2)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Backstage at Paris Fashion Week

Read more

FASHION

Paris Fashion Week: Saint Laurent, Lanvin, present new designers

Read more

#THE 51%

Online and proud: Iranian women use social media in a campaign for equality

Read more

#TECH 24

Say hello to Pepper!

Read more

Business

Facebook software glitch shared 6 million users’ data

© AFP

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-06-22

The phone numbers and email addresses of around 6 million Facebook users were improperly shared due to a flaw in the social networking website’s software, the company said on Friday.

Phone numbers and email addresses belonging to some 6 million Facebook users have been improperly shared due to a software bug, the social network said Friday.

But no financial or other information was revealed to others, and there was "no evidence that this bug has been exploited maliciously," Facebook said in a security note, adding it was "upset and embarrassed" by the glitch.

Affected users were being notified by email, it said, while stressing that the practical impact was likely to be "minimal," partly because improper data sharing would only have occurred between users who already had some connection.

"We take people's privacy seriously, and we strive to protect people's information to the very best of our ability," it said, but added: "Even with a strong team, no company can ensure 100 percent prevention of bugs."

In this case, the bug "may have allowed some of a person's contact information (email or phone number) to be accessed by people who either had some contact information about that person or some connection to them."

The unwarranted sharing would have occurred when a Facebook user went to download an archive of their Facebook account through the social network's Download Your Information (DYI) tool, it said.

"They may have been provided with additional email addresses or telephone numbers for their contacts or people with whom they have some connection," according to the security note.

It continued: "We've concluded that approximately 6 million Facebook users had email addresses or telephone numbers shared."

"We currently have no evidence that this bug has been exploited maliciously, and we have not received complaints from users or seen anomalous behavior on the tool or site to suggest wrongdoing."

"Although the practical impact of this bug is likely to be minimal since any email address or phone number that was shared was shared with people who already had some of that contact information anyway, or who had some connection to one another, it's still something we're upset and embarrassed by."

(AFP)

Date created : 2013-06-22

  • INTERNET

    Facebook reveals details of US requests for user data

    Read more

  • INTERNET

    Facebook, Twitter worry the Google-loving French

    Read more

  • BUSINESS

    Facebook tops one billion monthly users

    Read more

COMMENT(S)