Digital Spy

Search Digital Spy
0

Tech News

Flickr bug exposes users' private photos

By
Flickr was hit by a bug that caused an unknown number of users' private photos to become public for 20 days.

The exposed images did not appear in the Yahoo-owned service's search function or external search engines, but were visible on affected account holders' streams between January 18 and February 7.

Flickr iPhone app screenshot

'Flickr' screenshot

Flickr iPhone app screenshot

'Flickr' screenshot



"Only a small number of Flickr users were impacted, and we are in the process of directly contacting those individuals," Flickr vice president Barry Wayn said in a statement.

"This is not a widespread nor an ongoing issue - the software bug has been identified and fixed."

Although Flickr downplayed the issue, the blunder has angered affected users, some of whom have vented their frustration on its forums and even threatened defection.

Flickr's initial attempts to rectify the issue caused more problems in some cases, with moderators setting some public photos to private in error.

Flickr Editor Still

© Flickr



"What a mess. I have always with great precision sorted all my upload to private, friends only or public and now it's all screwed up," said Flickr Pro account holder Veterok.

"First I was annoyed about around 10 of my friends only pictures (many with my contact details) turn public, but now I'm much more pissed off about Flickr's decision to randomly turn my public pictures private so that I must comb though EVERY picture to see whether they are private, public or friends only and what to do about them.

"I'm losing all the faves and everything that I have ever linked anywhere. Also, this then means that I have lost some of the things that I have favourited myself? Sheesh. Quite upsetting. I'm not paying for this kind of stuff."

Yahoo also released a statement addressing the issue, claiming it affected a "very, very small" amount of users with whom they are working directly to rectify the problem.

You May Like

Comments

Loading...