REVEALED: Facebook employees can access your account even without a password

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REVEALED: Facebook employees can access your account even without a password

Netizens recently went wild upon learning that Facebook employees can access anyone's FB account without need for passwords.

A news report from said that this discovery stemmed from the experience of Paavo Siljamäki, director at the record label Anjunabeats, when he visited the Facebook office recently to inquire about how to use Facebook optimally for his record label promotion.

What happened next was a "pretty bewildering scene."

He said that a Facebook engineer logged into his account without even asking for his password.

That sounds alarming for everyone because anyone’s private content can be viewed by unknown people and who knows how many people have this kind of access.

Paavo wrote:

Facebook was quick to issue a statement. They wrote:

"We have rigorous administrative, physical, and technical controls in place to restrict employee access to user data. Our controls have been evaluated by independent third parties and confirmed multiple times by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s Office as part of their audit of our practices."
"Access is tiered and limited by job function, and designated employees may only access the amount of information that’s necessary to carry out their job responsibilities, such as responding to bug reports or account support inquiries. Two separate systems are in place to detect suspicious patterns of behavior, and these systems produce reports once per week which are reviewed by two independent security teams."
"We have a zero tolerance approach to abuse, and improper behavior results in termination."
Facebook said that the customer service tool that can grant access to a any Facebook user account heavily monitored and controlled, requires consent from the user (in Siljamäki’s case verbal approval was taken) and can only be used in specific cases by a select group of employees.

Facebook statement says that abuse of such powers can result in firing of that particular employee, but that will come at a later stage when the abuse has already happened.

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