Facebook Says Users Should Already Know It’s Happening
“In Facebook’s explanation, it is obtaining data on individuals in a form of third party collection through voluntary user submission,” wrote ZDNet contributor Violet Blue, who pressed Facebook for a response on Sunday. “It is reasonable to conclude that the data is only involuntarily collected and saved for the people the data is matched to—in this case, the six million accounts that were affected.”
Facebook said it would be difficult for malicious parties to obtain personal contact information using this loophole, but the bug was live for a year.
If you aren’t sure what a ‘Shadow Profile’ is or if you would like more information on how they operate, Mashable posted an excellent, detailed article on this issue on Wednesday.
This story is still developing, and there’s certain to be many more twists and turns as the full implications of the privacy gaffe are revealed.