Facebook have just fired an employee after allegations were made that one of their security engineers used their access to company data to stalk women online.
The individual had been schmoozing women online by bragging about their access to user data. What a line, eh?
They apparently sent a message to a woman on the Tinder app, telling her that their job involved tracking hackers and finding out their identities. “So, professional stalker”.
The (understandably) freaked out woman said that her Tinder match had found out details about her online, including the name of a coding project that she’d stored on GitHub. Freaky.
The engineer has since been fired.
‘A matter of urgency’
It shows that Facebook employees can abuse access to private information of social network users, which is of course against data protection laws.
“We are investigating this as a matter of urgency,” stated Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos. “It’s important that people’s information is kept secure and private when they use Facebook.”
This doesn’t bode well for Facebook. Earlier this week Facebook revealed that they’re launching dating features on the Facebook app. The dating layer will be a direct competitor for Match Group, who own Tinder, OkCupid, Match.com and PlentyOfFish. Match Group’s stock plummeted by nearly 17% as soon as the news was announced.
“This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships — not just for hookups,” Zuck joked onstage.
Well, as long as they aren’t stalking us…