Here’s What Makes the Facebook Data Breach so Harmful


While the recent hack didn’t expose financial info, experts explain that personal data can be even more valuable

The Facebook data breach that affected as many as 90 million users last week was different from other recent examples in a way that concerns security and privacy experts—and should concern consumers, as well.

It’s not just the sheer size that made the Facebook attack notable. Compared with, say, the Equifax breach from last September, which affected 145 million Americans, this one is also unusual in terms of the kind of data exposed.

Facebook collects the kind of personal information you reveal without even thinking about it: which elementary school friends you still talk to, what books you’re reading, your work history, vacation plans, and favorite memories from college.

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