Official Facebook response to privacy problem

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

So, it took a little while but Facebook has sent me a response regarding the privacy breach which meant users’ dates of birth were being revealed:

Hi Graham,

Due to a technical glitch, some Facebook users’ full dates of birth were temporarily exposed. We have resolved the problem, and we’d like to assure you that this information is now being displayed according to the privacy settings that you originally chose for it.

Please be assured that Facebook takes users’ privacy very seriously. We regret this error and we apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused you. Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.

Thanks for contacting Facebook,

Oliver
User Operations
Facebook

Thanks for getting back to me Oliver. My own tests have confirmed that the problem no longer seems to present – which is obviously a good thing as dates of birth can be a useful…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

Found this article interesting? Follow Graham Cluley on Twitter to read more of the exclusive content we post.


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.