Due to the controversy over the processing of user personal data, Facebook has been trying to restore its damaged reputation, but the social media giant still has some privacy issues that need to be resolved. This week broke the news that Facebook unexpectedly sent an email to external testers by emailing an analysis report that should have been sent to developers. It is reported that the company's director of analysis and application summary should only be sent to a developer and his direct employees, such as analysts or administrators.
Facebook iOS App Screenshot (via: Apple App Store)
In this incident, however, Facebook accidentally leaked these emails to application testers —— usually the latter worked outside the company.
Although these emails do not contain any personal information, they are packed with important private data such as page views (PV), weekly active users, new users, and other business information.
When a developer finds out that his Facebook report was sent to a third party, they contactedTechCrunchTo expose this matter.
Soon after, Facebook confirmed the incident, claiming that the App Analytics platform incorrectly sent a 3% summary report to external testers.
Facebook added that testers cannot view any additional information beyond the email and the company will contact all affected application developers. In the end, the social giant interpreted the Oolong as "a loophole" and its "being repaired".
But for developers, the real threat that they leak to them is —— its business data may eventually fall into the hands of competitors, which will give the other party a key advantage.