Software bugs and people’s privacy – 27/11

Facebook Changed 14 Million People’s Privacy Settings to “Public” Without Warning

Facebook disclosed Thursday that a software bug may have switched some users’ posts to “public” without telling them. That means that status updates, photos, and other Facebook activity that people thought they were sharing just with their friends, or with friends of friends, would have instead been viewable by anyone—unless they noticed the settings change and fixed it.

The bug affected 14 million users around the world, Facebook told Recode and other news outlets. It was active for 10 days, from May 18 to May 27, before being fixed. Facebook said Thursday it has begun notifying those affected and prompting them to review their posts and privacy settings from that time period

Source: Slate

Some people I know have their privacy settings in check to not mix their personal life and professional life. Could there have been some cases where some employers had a look at their prospective employee’s and not get hired and current employees getting let go for certain posts that the company didn’t like?

Samsung phones sent photos to random contacts, users say

Users posted complaints on Reddit and Samsung’s support forums about a strange issue that appears to be silently sending photos to random contacts. The Samsung Messages app doesn’t show any sign of sending the photos, meaning the user is completely unaware of the picture messaging.
“Last night around 2.30am, my phone sent her my entire photo gallery over text but there was no record of it on my messages app. However, there was record of it on Tmobile logs. Why would this happen?” asked one Reddit user.

Source: The Gaurdian

Imagine having your whole gallery sent to someone. Is it time to delete the private photos you have in your phone? 

Happy Testing!



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