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Facebook: bug put users privacy at risk

10 January 2018 | Written by La redazione

Facebook tells users that giving the company their mobile phone number will help keep their account secure. Until a few weeks ago, however, the social network’s self-service ad-targeting tools could be massaged into revealing a Facebook user’s cellphone number from their email address. The same flaw made it possible to collect phone numbers for Facebook users who had visited a particular webpage. The potential to access users’ phone numbers was a clear breach of Facebook’s data-use policy. It states: “We do not share information that personally identifies you … with advertising, measurement or analytics partners unless you give us permission.”

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