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Facebook Photo Syncing Raises Privacy Concerns

Facebook Photo Syncing Raises Privacy Concerns

Facebook Photo Syncing Raises Privacy ConcernsNew privacy questions spark after a Facebook user claimed his phone pictures have been publicly shared on their Timeline without their consent, according to

“Personal photos that I have decided not to share were uploaded without my permission,” said Adam Carroll, from Winnipeg, Canada. “I thought it was strange that I wasn’t asked if they were allowed to do that.”

The photo syncing feature, introduced in 2012, allows Facebook users to automatically upload their phone pictures to a private folder on the social network’s website.

“Only you can see the photos you’ve synced from your phone. Your photos are saved privately in a section of your Facebook Photos that only you can see,” Facebook states on their Help page. When you view your synced section, you can choose photos to share or send in a private message.”

Security experts advise users to take caution in enabling this feature, since every photograph synced from a user’s device may accidentally end up public or used for data mining purposes.

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