Private Facebook Data Becomes Big Business

#Internet

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

When a security researcher made personal profile information of more than 170 million Facebook users available to the public on BitTorrent -- a peer-to-peer file sharing site -- many questioned why he did not attempt to sell that information to an interested party. Names and profile data on that many Facebook users is a potential gold mine of valuable marketing data.

Apparently, some major corporations agree, and many have jumped on BitTorrent to download the Facebook data.

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