Millions of Facebook users’ phone numbers exposed online

A server containing hundreds of millions of phone numbers associated with Facebook accounts has been discovered online. According toTechCrunch, the server exposed more than 419 million records. U.S.-based users accounted for 133 million records while U.K. usersmade up 18 million. Another 50 million records were linked to Facebook users in Vietnam. Each data entry included a users unique Facebook ID as well as the phone number linked to their account. Some of the records even included the users name and gender as well. The server, discovered by security researcher Sanyam Jain, was not protected by a password and included information on high-profile users including celebrities. It currently remains unclear who the server belonged to and when the data was collected. …

Facebooks lead EU regulator is asking questions about its latest security fail

Facebook’s lead data protection regulator in Europe has confirmed it’s put questions to the company about a major security breach that we reported on yesterday. “The DPC became aware of this issue through the recent media coverage and we immediately made contact with Facebook and we have asked them a series of questions. We are awaiting Facebook’s responses to those questions,” a spokeswoman for the Irish Data Protection Commission told us. We’ve reached out to Facebook for a response. As we reported earlier, a security research discovered an unsecured database of hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts. The exposed server contained more than 419 million records over several databases on Facebook users from multiple countries, including …

A huge database of Facebook users phone numbers found online

Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts have been found online. The exposed server contained more than 419 million records over several databases on users across geographies, including 133 million records on U.S.-based Facebook users, 18 million records of users in the U.K., and another with more than 50 million records on users in Vietnam. But because the server wasn’t protected with a password, anyone could find and access the database. Each record contained a user’s unique Facebook ID and the phone number listed on the account. A user’s Facebook ID is typically a long, unique and public number associated with their account, which can be easily used to discern an account’s username. But phone numbers have …

Counselors reportedly pressured to share private info about Facebook moderators

Managers at a company that oversees some of Facebooks content moderators reportedly pressured trauma counselors to reveal private information about the staff, the Intercept reports. Texas-based company Accenture oversees roughly 1,500 peopleall of whom are tasked with moderating everythingfrom extreme violence to animal abusefor Facebook. Accenture provides counselors, referred to internally as wellness coaches, for workers who become overwhelmed or traumatized by viewing countless hours of graphic content. Even though counseling sessions are protected by confidentiality laws, a letter given to the Interceptby company whistleblowers alleges that Accentures managers have pressured its wellness coaches to reveal what employees are saying in their sessions. At least one counselor is said to have refused, although a manager pushed back by arguing that …

As FTC cracks down, data ethics is now a strategic business weapon

Daniel Wu Five billion dollarsWhile many believe the sum is simply a , it’s still the largest amount the Federal Trade Commission has ever levied on a technology company.  51%“delete Facebook”20%While incumbents like Facebook are struggling with their data, startups in highly-regulated, “” industries can take advantage by using a data strategy one would least expect: ethics. Beyond complying with regulations, startups that embrace ethics look out for their customers’ best interests, cultivate long-term trust — and avoid billion dollar fines.  Established, highly-regulated incumbents often use slow and unsystematic data compliance workflows, operated manually by armies of lawyers and technology personnel. Agile data governance systems, in contrast, simplify both these workflows and the use of cutting-edge privacy tools, allowing resource-poor …