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100 Million Facebook Users’ Information Snatched & Published Online

| July 29, 2010 | Data Breach, Secure File Transfer

Facebook helpfully informs you that “[a]nyone can opt out of appearing here by changing their Search privacy settings” — but that doesn’t help much anymore considering I already have them all (and you will too, when you download the torrent). Suckers!
Ron Bowes | SkullSecurity.org

It seems lately that when it comes to Facebook I’m noticing two big problems:

(1) My friend Robin is obsessed with Farmville, and every 5 minutes with the updates.
(2) Facebook has no respect for people’s privacy, and 100 million Facebook users information has published online.

Let’s discuss the latter.

Ron Bowes used code to scan the 500 million Facebook profiles for information not hidden by privacy settings. He collected the personal information of 100 million, and posted the information online.

Once I have the name and URL of a user, I can view, by default, their picture, friends, information about them, and some other details,” Bowes goes on to say that “If the user has set their privacy higher, at the very least I can view their name and picture. So, if any searchable user has friends that are non-searchable, those friends just opted into being searched, like it or not! Oops :)

Check out this article on MSNBC.com for the full story.

Also, there’s some interesting results from a survey by the University of Michigan and Foresee Results, where it’s revealed that Facebook has scored extremely low in the area of customer satisfaction.

According to the study, and this article on Epic.org, Facebook winds up “in the bottom 5% of all measured private sector companies and in the same range as airlines and cable companies.” Epic’s report states that the low scores can be contributed to “privacy concerns, frequent changes to the website, and commercialization and advertising.”

Both articles are interesting reads. Now, if anyone has any advice or thoughts on how to deal with Robin, that’d be greatly appreciated.

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