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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg  (Source: Wikipedia)
Email addresses on private accounts were visible for about 30 minutes

One of the biggest concerns for anyone online today is privacy. With more and more information about individuals ending up online, it is easy for friends and foes alike to find information about people online without the person knowing or approving of the data being made available.

Facebook is the largest social network in the world and as such, it tends to run into problems with user privacy. The company now has had another privacy issue where user emails were made viewable by the public, even address for accounts that were private. TFTS reports that late Tuesday night some sort of issue with Facebook made email address public for about 30 minutes. What caused the issue is unknown and there is no information on exactly how many of the millions of Facebook users were affected by the outage.

TFTS reports that while unconfirmed, the glitch that revealed email addresses could be a result of changes being made on the backend at Facebook to facilitate more open access to cookies for its Facebook Connect advertisers. The new Facebook Connect privacy policy will let pre-approved third-party advertisers look at Facebook cookies on users’ machine to gather information to better target ads to the user. The new feature is enabled by default and the user has to opt-out of using it if they don’t want advertisers viewing information from the cookie.

At this time, Facebook has offered no official statement on how the glitch happened or how widespread the email issue was. Reports of the email issue first started coming in via Twitter posts and Facebook status updates.

To facilitate the migration from the Facebook of today to the advertising maven that Facebook hopes to become in an effort to generate cash, changes in privacy settings are needed. In December 2009, Facebook announced serious changes to its privacy settings that made more of the information in a users profile searchable and viewable by the public. This privacy change led to outrage by many users and privacy advocates.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated in January that people no longer have the same expectations of privacy online. Facebook isn’t alone in privacy issues though; Google learned the hard way to ask users before it makes information available to other users when it launched Buzz. At first, the Buzz service made email histories available to a large number of users without specific permission from the account holder.



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Anybody else...
By wuZheng on 3/31/2010 10:53:48 AM , Rating: 4
...getting a rather large amount of "people" adding you on Windows Live Messenger lately? You know... "people" you don't know.




RE: Anybody else...
By themaster08 on 3/31/2010 11:03:37 AM , Rating: 4
I don't on WLM, but I sure do on Facebook.

Those in charge of Facebook are complete idiots. They've had a huge wave of people join the site, so what's their answer to all of this?

1)Makes everyone's profile public by default.

2)Tone down the spam filters (at least it seems that way). If that's not the case they're sure not working very well.

3)Update the interface with a more complicated one that requires more clicks to do even the most fundamental things, such as viewing friends and logging off.

4)Make the Chat feature an absolute mess. Extremely unrealiable and more hassle that what it's worth.

5)Mess up the most basic security measures such as hiding peoples' email addresses.

The list goes on....

Facebook really is becoming the new Myspace. It's only a matter of time before people have had enough.


RE: Anybody else...
By VahnTitrio on 3/31/2010 3:45:58 PM , Rating: 3
If you recall though when facebook first started the only way to have privacy was to not join. I remember as a college freshman (so fall 03-spring 04) you could see everything on everyone's profile as long as you were in the same network (ie your college/university). It was so much better when it was university only...


RE: Anybody else...
By OUits on 3/31/2010 8:46:25 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It was so much better when it was university only...


Haha, then you should join the Facebook group.


RE: Anybody else...
By JS on 3/31/2010 8:56:17 PM , Rating: 1
Personally I think things were so much better when computers were 8-bit and data was stored on audio tapes.


RE: Anybody else...
By Flunk on 4/1/2010 12:10:20 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, I suspect that anyone commenting to the contrary just didn't go to college.


RE: Anybody else...
By OUits on 4/1/2010 11:04:06 AM , Rating: 2
You're the one that seems to be lacking the knowledge of the underlying business models and monetisation efforts at work here.

The U in my name doesn't stand for United.


RE: Anybody else...
By Freddo on 3/31/2010 11:23:26 AM , Rating: 3
Funny thing you say that, cause I sure have! I used to get them maybe twice a year, but in the past month I probably had 20 of them.


RE: Anybody else...
By TexMurphy on 3/31/2010 12:52:11 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, my MSN has had as many spam adds in the past few weeks as I've had in the past few years.


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