Flicker bug results in thousands of private photos to be exposed in public, Flickr fixes the issue by creating a new one.

Flicker bug results in thousands of private photos to be exposed in public, Flickr fixes the issue by creating a new one.

Barry Schwartz from Marketing Land writes: 

"Flickr made no post about this on its blog. Instead, yesterday, as one of the impacted users, Flickr sent me an email to politely let me know that hundreds of my private photos were opened to the public for a 20-day period recently. The email said Flickr had: Identified a software bug that may have changed the view setting on some of your photos from non-public (i.e., private or viewable only by family and friends) to public.

The email said private content was made visible to the public between January 18th and February 7th, 2013. The images that were affected those uploaded between the dates of April and December of 2012, an 8-month time period, the email explained.

For me, that means almost 700 of very private family pictures and videos I specifically chose not to share were available to the public.
Photos Not In Search, Only Viewable With Direct Link

Flickr was unable to tell me if anyone actually did see my private photos, when I asked.

The email did say that the only way someone could view these photos would have been if they had “direct links to a photo’s page.” The photos were not “in Flickr search during that time, nor were they indexed by search engines,” the email said.

I emailed with follow-up questions all last night, and Flickr’s support responded typically within 30 minutes of each email. So, I feel Flickr is taking this seriously."

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