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An "embarrassed" Facebook has disclosed that a technical bug compromised personal details such as phone numbers and email addresses of six million users worldwide.
This has made the clamour for data security norms grow louder so that users in countries like India, which does not have privacy legislation, get a shield.
A Facebook spokesperson declined to share country-specific numbers. Users in India, which has 78 million Facebook users, were also affected.
Facebook made the announcement on Saturday morning. In a blog post, it said the breach could have occurred when a user downloaded an archive of his or her account through the Download-Your-Information tool. "They may have been provided with additional email addresses or telephone numbers for their contacts or people with whom they have some connection," said the note. The company said it took "people's privacy seriously" and had "no evidence that this bug has been exploited maliciously."
"Even with a strong team, no company can ensure 100 per cent prevention of bugs, and in rare cases we don't discover a problem until it has already affected a person's account.... Although the practical impact of this bug is likely to be minimal since any email address or phone number that was shared was shared with people who already had some of that contact information anyway, or who had some connection to one another, it's still something we're upset and embarrassed by, and we'll work doubly hard to make sure nothing like this happens again," the company said.
Users whose accounts were affected have also got an email from Facebook informing them of the issue.
This incident, preceded by several such large-scale data breaches involving companies such as LinkedIn and Amazon in the recent past, has prompted experts to call for basic data security standards that should be followed by all internet companies globally.
"There have to be broad guidelines which draw a legitimate red line on what is an acceptable practice in terms of data collection and what security measures they need to put in place," said Parminder Jeet Singh, executive director of technology advocacy and research firm, IT for Change. Laws of one country might not be applicable on technology firms that have servers elsewhere. There has to be "some kind of a global consensus on data security policies," said Singh..