Sunday, October 17, 2010

FaceBook Fails Again to Provide Security for Users

As this article shows FaceBook has again raised the ire of not only users but entire countries by failing to adequately protect users private information. And this time it isn't just a matter of privacy settings but of a major breach in security relating to data storage for users.

It's about time that FaceBook quit trying to feed us their same old story of "We take security seriously." and actually take security as more than an inconvenience to be dealt with only when someone complains or points out a failure.

Currently FaceBook follows the tactic of make everything totally open by default and only changing it just enough to get people to shut up and accept it.

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German ministers slam Facebook for privacy glitch

BERLIN (AFP) – German ministers criticised social networking site Facebook on Sunday for failing to respect privacy, following a report of a serious flaw that allowed non-subscribers access to private data.

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine reported that a glitch potentially allowed anyone access to the contact lists of subscribers.

New subscribers to Facebook are required to enter their email address. However, by entering the email address of an existing user, it was possible to view their full list of contacts, until they had responded to a security request.

The glitch shows "Facebook's lack of respect for the privacy of Internet users", she told the newspaper.

Facebook has become the world's most popular social network with around 500 million users, but it has been dogged by complaints about poor privacy protection.

Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, told reporters at a forum in Dubai on Sunday that privacy was the company's top concern and it would continue to give people more controls.

Internet privacy is a particularly contentious issue in Germany, where the recent launch of Google's Street View service was delayed to allow residents the opportunity to block out their homes from public view.


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