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San Francisco marketing company scraped MILLIONS of users’ data from Instagram – including bios, photos from Stories, and physical locations, report reveals

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Daily Mail
August 9, 2019

A bombshell report has revealed how Instagram’s ‘lax oversight’ allowed a San Francisco-based startup to collect data on millions of its users without their knowledge – including the disappearing photos posted as Stories.

The Facebook-owned company sent a cease and desist letter to marketing firm HYP3R – one of its vetted advertising partners – after an investigation by Business Insider uncovered the shocking violations.

Instagram has since banned HYP3R from its platform, but not before the company was able to siphon out the personal data of millions for roughly a year, according to Business Insider.

The firm has not yet revealed exactly how many users were affected, and says it is still investigating the volume of the issue.

A bombshell report has revealed how Instagram’s ‘lax oversight’ allowed a San Francisco-based startup to collect data on millions of its users without their knowledge – including the disappearing photos posted as Stories.

Many months on, and after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was forced to testify in front of Congress, it appears the social media giant is still struggling to get a grip on privacy.

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This article was posted: Friday, August 9, 2019 at 3:58 am





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