tech

400 mil Facebook users' phone numbers exposed in privacy lapse: reports

11 Comments
By Alastair Pike

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© 2019 AFP

©2019 GPlusMedia Inc.

11 Comments
Login to comment

We cannot trust big tech either with our security or freedom of speech. They don't care about us, only profit, and will sell us out, deceive us, and shaft us at the drop of a hat.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

We cannot trust big tech either with our security or freedom of speech. They don't care about us, only profit, and will sell us out, deceive us, and shaft us at the drop of a hat.

Thats a blanket statement that can be easily disproven. Apple is actually very heavily focused on consumer privacy. That’s why they refused to help the FBI get into the San Bernardino killers’ iPhones. I trust Apple is focused on my privacy and security, and other unbiased evaluations support that.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

I hope somebody calls me. I'm lonely.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Phone numbers is the least of it.  Regular FB users expose themselves in so many ways to abuse/leaking/hacking of data.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Facebook's user database is about as protected as a Windows XP computer running in 2019 with Internet Explorer 8 and no antivirus. For such a big tech "giant", their security and protection is laughable. I'm so glad I made the right choice and never messed with it.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Is anyone surprised? Facebook has always been lax on security. Never login to anything using Facebook, open Facebook in an incognito window or better a completley different browser or in Firefox in a Facebook container and don't supply information you don't have to.

Don't install the Facebook app, use a browser.

Don't trust Facebook. Better still don't use it.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Caught with our pants down.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Not a surprise.. With all these Facebook security flaws you would be willing to invest your money in the farce of the cryptocurrency Libra !!????..

1 ( +1 / -0 )

@Strangerland

Apple is actually very heavily focused on consumer privacy.

Apple sells user data to google. Furthermore, there is a current lawsuit that continues to build and will eventually become a class action suit because apple is also selling iTunes purchases and user data. Also, apple has said what makes what they do different is that they don’t disclose the names but makes the user data anonymous. It’s still selling user data.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Apple sells user data to google. Furthermore, there is a current lawsuit that continues to build and will eventually become a class action suit because apple is also selling iTunes purchases and user data. Also, apple has said what makes what they do different is that they don’t disclose the names but makes the user data anonymous. It’s still selling user data.

Ok, that still doesn't change anything I said earlier:

That’s why they refused to help the FBI get into the San Bernardino killers’ iPhones. I trust Apple is focused on my privacy and security, and other unbiased evaluations support that.

As I said, the original statement was a blanket statement.

For anyone interested in reading more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/04/17/apple-make-simpler-download-your-privacy-data-year/521786002/

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

All the more reason NOT to "secure your Fakebook account" with a phone number. And keep your important information OFF all "social" media.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites