Facebook has admitted to unintentionally exposing the phone numbers and email addresses of over 6 million users over the past year to unauthorized viewers.
Facebook admitted to the data leaks due to a glitch in the social networks system. Facebook posted an ‘important message’ on its blog, stating that the information being leaked was given to users with some contact information about the person, or indeed, some connection to them.
“Some of the information used to make friend recommendations and reduce the number of invitations we send was inadvertently stored in association with people’s contact information as part of their account on Facebook.” Facebook said.
Users who have downloaded an archive of their Facebook account through theÂ ‘Download Your Information’ tool may have also gained access to additional information.
Facebook Â assured users that the tool was immediately disabled, fixed, and then turned back on once the problem was solved.
Facebook has stated that, “We currently have no evidence that this bug has been exploted maliciously and we have not received complaints from users or seen anomalous behavior on the tool or site to suggest wrongdoing.”
The glitch has been occurring since 2012 and Facebook’s security team were only alerted to the issue last week.
A spokesman from Facebook said that the week delay in announcing the glitch was due to company procedure that meant regulators and anyone affected by the glitch has to be notified first, reports Reuters.
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