Facebook glitch leaks private information of millions of users

Posted at 11:03 PM, Jun 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-22 23:03:32-04

We all know it’s never good to give out personal information online, whether it’s your phone number, birthday, email address — even on Facebook — and this is one example why.

A Facebook security glitch sent personal information of about six million users out into the public — email addresses, phone number are all able to be seen by strangers.

How you ask?

Say you gave your personal email address to Facebook privately; to check if your Gmail contacts are on Facebook. We do it all the time.


Well the company said some users who tried to download an email address for a friend were able to get more information such as a phone number and vice versa.

The leak raises many questions.

Security expert Steven Rogers tells PIX11 privacy is really up to you.

The Facebook leaks started last year and were fixed within 24 hours — once they were discovered last week.

It’s an uneasy fact for some.

Others are not concerned

This comes just two weeks after reports that Facebook, Google, Apple, Yahoo and other online giants allowed the NSA to get access to all Americans’ email, and personal information. Facebook denies those allegations but in a statement they issued this apology for the leak:

“We currently have no evidence that this bug has been exploited maliciously and we have not received complaints from users. It is still something we are upset and embarrassed by.”

Rogers believes the apology is enough.

Facebook also said it will work extra hard to make sure this never happens again.

In April and independent audit of its privacy practices gave them a thumbs up.