Monday, July 25, 2011

Facebook fixes a vulnerability on private videos

The social network Facebook announced this Monday, July 25, correcting a security vulnerability affecting users' private videos, reports the TechCrunch site. The flaw allowed "friends" a user to access the title, description and image appeal of his videos, even though these were registered as "private" and therefore theoretically not accessible.

The flaw did not allow however to check out these videos. The problem, which lasted over a week, is the latest of many problems regarding the respect of privacy for the first social network in the world. Authorities to protect the privacy and associations from several countries have warned users in recent months against the location-based features or facial recognition offered by Facebook.

Facebook's main competitor, Google +, launched in early summer, is positioned precisely on the niche of respect for privacy in an attempt to supplant Facebook and its 750 million users. Without change the way the user can manage their privacy online, Google + offers a more clear the different options available to the user.

Almost an obligation for the search engine: after the fiasco of its service very intrusive Buzz, two years ago, Google had to accept a series of audits of U.S. authorities on how it protects the privacy of its users.

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