A security lapse made it possible for unwelcome strangers to peruse personal photos posted on Facebook Inc.’s popular online hangout, circumventing a recent upgrade to the web site’s privacy controls, the Associated Press reports. AP verified the loophole March 24 after receiving a tip from Byron Ng, a Vancouver, Canada, computer technician. Ng began looking for security weaknesses last week after Facebook unveiled more ways for its 67 million members to restrict access to their personal profiles. But the added protections weren’t enough to prevent Ng from pulling up the most recent pictures posted by Facebook members and their friends, even if the privacy settings were set to restrict the audience to a select few. After being alerted March 24, Facebook spokeswoman Brandee Barker said the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company fixed the bug within an hour.

“We take privacy very seriously and continue to make enhancements to the site,” she said. Still, the latest lapse serves as another reminder of the perils of sharing sensitive photos and personal information online, even when web sites pledge to shield the information from prying eyes…

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