Facebook is responding to recent news that data from 533 million accounts leaked online for free, but perhaps not in the way users might have hoped: the company does not plan to notify users whose data was exposed online, a Facebook spokesman said. . Reuters.
The dataset apparently contains a lot of information that you may not want to float around on the internet – including birthdays, locations, full names and phone numbers – so it’s disappointing to hear that Facebook does not plan to notify users who may be affected. The company mentioned two reasons Reuters about why it does not tell users proactively: it says it is not convinced that it would know which users should be notified and that users would not be able to do anything about the data being online.
Over the past year, I’ve asked Facebook more than a dozen times if it will take legal action against Clearview AI to scrape what are likely to be millions of photos from Instagram and Facebook. No lawsuits have been filed and FB has not said anything about the record. Https://t.co/htkKCD5bT0
– Ryan Mac (@ RMac18) April 7, 2021
Facebook says it has “made changes to the contact importer” to stop the scraping.
If you are concerned about whether your data was included in the data dump and do not want to wait to see if Facebook will change its mind about notifying users, please see our guide on how you were affected. And for more on the dataset and Facebook’s lack of transparency around it, read on The cable paragraph about the company’s inconsistent messages.
Facebook has not responded to a request for comment.