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100M Social Network Users' Details Published

ONLINE PRIVACY

July 29, 2010

Personal information from 100 million Facebook users has been published online by a security consultant who was able to collect data through the site's public directory, BBC News reports. Ron Bowes said he published the list, which contains the URL of every searchable Facebook user profile along with such information as names and unique IDs, to highlight privacy issues, the report states. On the same day that reports of the list surfaced in the international media, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was meeting privately with U.S. legislators to discuss issues including online privacy. In response to the incident, Facebook has noted that data included in the creation of the list was already public. Simon Davies of Privacy International, however, contends it illustrates confusion over the site's privacy settings.
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