Social media giant embroiled in yet another privacy issue
Facebook has admitted to collecting up to 1.5 million users’ email contacts without their knowledge, in the latest privacy issue the tech giant has been accused of. The largest social network in the world on Wednesday night said that the email contact lists had been “unintentionally” uploaded to Facebook (FB) following a design change almost two years ago and that the company is now in the process of deleting them. Facebook claims that the issue began three years ago when it made changes to the step-by-step verification process that users need to undergo when signing up for an account on their platform. Prior to those changes, users were given the option of uploading a list of their email contact lists when opening an account to help them find friends already on Facebook. However, in May 2016, Facebook had removed language that explained the fact that the users’ contact lists could be uploaded to the company’s servers when they were signing up for an account. This meant that in some cases people’s email contact lists were uploaded to Facebook without their prior knowledge or consent.
A Facebook spokesperson on Wednesday released a statement where he claims the firm did not realize this was happening until April of this year when it stopped offering email password verification as an option for the users signing up to Facebook for the first time.The company said the uploaded contact lists had not been shared with anyone outside of Facebook. This news was first reported by Business Insider on Wednesday. The level of irresponsibility from one of the largest companies in the world is appalling. Facebook could face serious legal action for this offence, but it is clearly nothing new to them as they continue to rack up privacy lawsuits against the company.