Facebook Unintentionally Stored Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users

Everything that Facebook has done in the past is now yielding more troubles for them. Moving on with the privacy issues, Mark and his team had to admit that they stored email contacts of around 1.5 million users without their consent.

The social media giant got all the details by asking users to verify their new Facebook accounts with an email address and its password. Once done, the contacts were then “unintentionally uploaded” to Facebook without users permission. However, the company claims that this data was never shared with anyone and they are working on to delete all of it.

The issue was first reported by Business Insider when a software developer noticed that Facebook started prompting its users to enter their personal email passwords to verify the accounts made after May 2016. Unfortunately, this issue has affected users from all around the world.

Email verification has been a standard practice for a very long time. If a user wants to avail any internet service, the process usually involves providing an email address on which service providers send a link. Users are then just asked to click on to that link to verify their email accounts.

But Facebook’s verification process was somehow very fishy from the beginning. They had their own reasons stating that the feature was designed to help users find more friends on the platform and improve ads. While they overhauled the whole verification steps afterwards, the feature stayed there for some new users.

Facebook may have wished to connect the world in a better way, but they are still doing it at a cost of breaching privacy, security and safety practices. Although they have informed the affected people about the contacts being imported, this still can turn out to be another nail in the coffin, as the company is already struggling with a significant decline in its usage percentage.

Facebook says it 'unintentionally uploaded' 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent
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