+ Tuesday October 15th, 2019

It’s a day ending in “y”, which means it’s time for a reminder of how Facebook handles your private data – badly. Today it’s Instagram’s turn, with users’ contact details exposed in web profiles regardless of whether the user chose to make it public or not.

CNET reports that contact information (name, phone number, email address, etc) was visible in the source code for some profile pages on Instagram’s web interface for some four months. The flaw was reported to the company in February, and fixed in March.

Also this week, a contact database sourced from Chtrbox (a marketing firm that works with Instagram influencers) was discovered publicly available for about 3 days.

The database contains 49 million individuals and appears to contain data that may have been scraped from Instagram profiles. The company says nothing in the database wasn’t already public or disclosed to them by clients, though – it may be unrelated to this issue.

Whether or not users’ contact data exposed by Instagram was collected by Chtrbox or by someone else, it’s still poor practice and speaks to a lack of care taken by Instagram developers in dealing with sensitive information.

The future might be private, but the present is a constant personal privacy nightmare.

Source: CNET.
Via: MacRumours.

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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Phill Edwards
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Phill Edwards

Facebook is old news. People are abandoning it in droves.

Jamie S
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Jamie S

Yup Facebook is a toxic dump and source for all your fake news.

Anon
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Anon

This is old news

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