Facebook has admitted to “unintentionally” uploading the address books of 1.5 million users without consent, and says it will delete the collected data and notify those affected
The discovery follows criticism of Facebook by security experts for a feature that asked new users for their email password as part of the sign-up process. As well as exposing users to potential security breaches, those who provided passwords found that, immediately after their email was verified, the site began “importing” contacts without asking for permission.
The issue was first noticed in early April, when the Daily Beast reported on Facebook’s practice of asking for email passwords to verify new users. The feature, which allows Facebook to automatically log in to a webmail account to effectively click the link on an email verification itself, was apparently intended to smooth the workflow for signing up for a new account.
OH DEAR GOD !!!!!
How could any person be so stupid to give their email password out???
But the real shame is on FACEBOOK !!
How many people in their organization knew of this, allowed this and accepted this idea???
I have a Facebook account only because it is the only way I can keep in contact with a few people. Otherwise, I would never go near Facebook.