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Friday, June 4, 2010

Another Facebook Privacy Issue... those leaking emails again not their fault

UPDATE

Matt Cutts did his own little debunk here

Original Post

earlier i wrote a post in which I explained "Facebook divulging your identity to advertisers" and again now poor Facebook has another one. This one stems from Google loving Facebook too much... well its kinda like that.They were indexing pages that have no value but have email addresses displayed on them, when you enter your password and it scans your email account address book you choose to have Facebook send them an email on your behalf. now some people may want nothing to do with Facebook and they consider the message spam. So to provide a good experience for these people they give them an opt out link (thanks i really hate those emails) because this is sent to an email address it really should never become public, unless someone intentionally releases it. Here on hacker news a Facebook employee unofficially points out one of the pages that was leaking information (they have removed the address now i think its useful to make sure im removing the right address) but this links should have never been found and crawled... how did they find it? because it was publicly published oh now I get it... Yes Facebook could have done <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> but like other issue its small... quick fix... and those pages even seem to be gone from index already so again we have a minor data leak caused by user themselves that probably never could have been thought of. we dont just sit around and go oh i know some weirdo has no privacy anyways and will post the link publicly spiders will crawl and then people will be able to pull emails out of the search engines index oh noes! im mean we are nerd but we aren't psychic welcome to the digital world. Stay off the interwebz if you dont like it

just my opinion

the infamous

- Carter Cole


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