If you think your information is only available to those visiting your Facebook page, you are wrong. The personal details of 100 million users of Facebook are now available for download after they were leaked online. Ron Bowles, an online security consultant, used a code to scan Facebook profiles, collected data not hidden by users’ privacy settings, and compiled a list, which is now available as a downloadable file.
The list which was published through torrent filesharing service already has more than 1000 downloads on piratebay. The file contains the user’s profile, name and unique ID. Bowles said he published the data to highlight privacy issues, but Facebook retorted by saying the information was already public. “People who use Facebook own their information and have the right to share only what they want, with whom they want, and when they want,” said the Social Networking giant.
“In this case, information that people have agreed to make public was collected by a single researcher and already exists in Google, Bing, other search engines, as well as on Facebook.” “No private data is available or has been compromised,” Facebook said.