• keaner

    “Yahoo contacted us to say that the percentage of people impacted was
    small, though it wouldn’t provide the actual figure, and added that
    since it was so small, the company’s priority was on directly contacting
    those impacted.”

    Yeah right , that’s a nice way to say we don’t want the media to find out we cant control our own privacy settings. So hopefully by only telling users it will be missed and people wont realize what a joke privacy is on flickr.

  • daposter

    they learned from Facebook, where, oops, all of a sudden there is a new ‘feature’ and, by the way “you need to re-set all your privacy preferences”: oh, just by coincidence everything was open.
    So until I got around to that because someone told me to log in and check, all bots who wait for new things to access, had certainly grabbed what they could.

    I left facebook for these ‘oopses’ and for other things like their marginalization algorithms (I don’t play online games and don’t agree to have posted on my bahalf and don’t agree to give my and all my friends’ info to apps: so I am not ‘product’ but just free user – got nothing, no updates, saw only two pages of stuff happening).

    So should you: this ‘oops, sorry, ‘ opening opens everything for all them bots and marketing clients who wait to grab what they can.

    It is not by accident. Legal rules about how to run data centers do prevent that.

  • http://thomashawk.com/ Thomas Hawk

    This is not a big deal. It apparently affected a very small number of accounts. This is one of those things that sounds a lot worse than it probably was. It is a good reminder though that almost anything you upload to the web is potentially at risk for public exposure regardless of any settings. Someone could hack into your account, a friend/family that you *did* give access to could reshare that image or download it — lots of things could happen.

    It is admirable and notable that Flickr GM and VP Brett Wayn personally issued a message under his own signature to the accounts affected. This sort of message could have easily been covered under a more generic “to whom it may concern” sort of response.

    While this sort of thing makes salacious headline material, to me it’s really not that big of deal. The bigger story is that Flickr is in the midst of an amazing renaissance rebuilding itself as a serious photo contender on the web. The recent iPhone app, the new justified mosaic layout, the staffing up and hiring of designers and engineers — the future feels bright for Flickr for the first time in many years. Marissa Mayer may be the first Yahoo CEO ever to publicly have a Flickr account.

    These are the things that I think are more important and what people should be focused on.