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Facebook privacy snafu exposed user chats

  By TechUniverse
Private chats between some Facebook users were briefly viewable by other users on Wednesday, an embarrassing technical glitch for a company facing growing criticism over "sloppy" privacy protection. Techcrunch, a blog, first reported a bug related to a feature on the fast-growing social network site that allows a user to see how their profile will appear to other users. By manipulating the "preview my profile" feature, Facebook said people were able to view their friends' private chat messages and pending friend requests for a limited amount of time on Wednesday. "We worked quickly to resolve this matter, ensuring that once the bug was reported to us, a solution was quickly found and implemented," a Facebook spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said Facebook's privacy slip-up underscores the need for greater scrutiny of the company. "Our view is that the FTC (U.S. Federal Trade Commission) needs to act on consumer concerns about Facebook's sloppy privacy and security practices," Rotenberg said. Read More

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