Facebook privacy problem?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

I’ve just seen something rather alarming on Facebook.

It looks like there’s a problem with the social networking website in so much as it is showing people’s full dates of birth – even when they have specifically requested that they remain hidden. I’ve repeated this a number of times, and made some screen captures and a video just in case it’s hard to reproduce.

Hmm.. half an hour later, and this vulnerability is easy to reproduce, and requires no specialist skills. I’ve done it from every PC in my house now.

I’ve sent privacy@facebook.com an email explaining what’s happening, and how to replicate the behaviour. It’s getting late – I’m going to bed, and hopefully they will have responded by the morning.  In the meantime, I would recommend you consider changing your date of birth to something made-up.

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.