Facebook caught harvesting email addresses from 1.5m Users

It seems we can’t go a full week without some Facebook scandal and this week is no exception, on Wednesday Facebook confirmed that it “unintentionally uploaded” the email contacts of some 1.5 million users without their express consent since May 2016, a mistake for which the company is taking steps to correct.

The discovery was made by asecurity researcher after finding Facebook requesting some users provide both an email and corresponding password to verify their identity when opening a new account. The social network then logged in to customer email accounts, pulled contact information and stored contacts on an email provider’s servers without first asking consent.

In a statement Facebook said “When we looked into the steps people were going through to verify their accounts we found that in some cases people’s email contacts were also unintentionally uploaded to Facebook when they created their account.” Facebook states that no contacts were shared and that it is in the process of deleting the gathered information.

As usual Facebook has been caught with their hand in the cookie jar or users personal data and only once caught do they offer a somewhat half justification as to it’s actions something you would expect from a child who doesn’t want to admit they were wrong.

Our question is this, how long can Facebook go on making these complete and utter outrages actions of having no respect for people’s privacy? How long can Mark Zuckerberg get away with breaking the rules? Only time will tell but so far users seem unbothered by the revelations.