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Facebook won't tell you if you were caught up in its data breach


Despite the personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users having been recently leaked online, the company says it has no plans to notify the affected individuals.

Made possible by a bug in the platform’s contact syncing feature, the incident is said to have affected 533 million users across 106 different countries, exposing personally identifiable information (PII) such as names, email addresses, phone numbers and more.

Asked to justify the decision not to alert the victims, a Facebook spokesperson explained the company does not yet have a full view of the specific users caught up in the breach. The fact that remedying the issue required no action on the part of users is also said to have contributed to the decision.


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