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It has been quite a while since user and consumer data has had the promise of being completely secure. Sony, Target, Equifax, and Yahoo! are just a handful of the names that come to mind when discussing the topic of security and information hacks. In mid-March 2018, Facebook was added to that seemingly infinite list of data breaches, but there was something different about this one - it was done legally.

Where the 2014 Sony breach or the massive 2017 Equifax breach were orchestrated by criminal third parties, the Facebook “leak” of user information was due to the social networking site’s application programming interface (API) and a very crafty data analytics firm.

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