Why Facebook waited 3 months to disclose its latest privacy screw-up

Tech 21-3-2019 Mashable 18

Facebook is all about making the world more open and connected, except perhaps when it comes to sharing its own colossal privacy screw-ups with its more than 2 billion users.

After KrebsOnSecurity first reported that the company had been storing hundreds of millions of users' passwords in plain text since as far back as 2012, Facebook VP of engineering Pedro Canahuati rushed to publish a blog post noting the error was discovered in January. In other words, three months ago. 

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That Facebook waited until the news was already out in the world to cop to a seriously negligent security and privacy error shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's been paying attention, but the lack of shock shouldn't translate to resignation. Facebook could have notified users early, but chose not to.  Read more...

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