Facebook security glitch affected 6 million users, shared email and phone data

Gigaom

Facebook(s fb) published a blog post on Friday afternoon explaining a security glitch that caused the email addresses or phone numbers of about 6 million users be unintentionally shared. The glitch arose as part of Facebook’s efforts to make suggestions on who you might want to add as a Facebook friend.

Facebook wrote that the contact information for those affected could have been shared with “their contacts or people with whom they have some connection.”

The company explained the error in detail in the blog post, explaining how that data came to be shared and how the data was used:

“We’ve concluded that approximately 6 million Facebook users had email addresses or telephone numbers shared. There were other email addresses or telephone numbers included in the downloads, but they were not connected to any Facebook users or even names of individuals. For almost all of the email addresses or telephone…

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