How to find out if your data is in the Facebook torrent file

How to find out if your data is in the Facebook torrent file

Summary: Someone scraped the publicly-available Facebook directory and hosted it as a torrent file, so anyone with an internet connection could download it.Here's how you can figure out if your information was in that file:From your Facebook profile dashboard click on 'Account' in the upper right hand side of your dashboard.

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Someone scraped the publicly-available Facebook directory and hosted it as a torrent file, so anyone with an internet connection could download it.

Here's how you can figure out if your information was in that file:

From your Facebook profile dashboard click on 'Account' in the upper right hand side of your dashboard. Select 'Privacy Settings,' and then on the next page under 'Basic Directory Information' click on 'View Settings.' You should see a page similar to the image above. If the first listing called "Search for me on Facebook" is set to "Everyone." Then chances are, your name and profile URL are in the torrent file.

(via PC World)

Topic: Social Enterprise

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  • RE: How to find out if your data is in the Facebook torrent file

    Thanks for the details. Definitely a news story to watch and see what develops. Although the data appears to have been publicly available, Facebook has certainly had its issues with "moving target" privacy policies.
    DavidShepherd
  • RE: How to find out if your data is in the Facebook torrent file

    Meh, should I really care if I am? I can be found by searching Facebook, and that page can be found via Google too. Doesn't seem like a big deal that my name is in a list of all people on Facebook, especially since there's no detail attached except profile URL.
    egoldin
  • RE: How to find out if your data is in the Facebook torrent file

    Well, it's always the Good, the Bad and the Ugly depending on how you like it...:p
    bigben4949
  • RE: How to find out if your data is in the Facebook torrent file

    What does this really mean? Its a list of names and some information about those names? Does this effect those people in any way? Have they been violated? Will they gain or lose something as a result? Not sure what the impact is here... seems to me like a big "who really cares?"
    spartridge
  • RE: How to find out if your data is in the Facebook torrent file

    If you're an unattached male, you could be getting friend requests from unknown sweet-looking young women whose email IP address originates in Mauritius
    hafizullah@...
  • RE: How to find out if your data is in the Facebook torrent file

    I never join those things to begin with. I have been an enigma since the days of Billboards. My life is not that interesting if the truth were to be known anyhow. I would be shocked to find anyone who would actually be interested to begin with. I don't even buy computers from any company or person. I build them from scratch and then turn off all the identifiable things like the "CPU" serials etc. I was taught to be paranoid by the military. :)
    djx50@...
  • RE: How to find out if your data is in the Facebook torrent file

    Ummm...if you remove yourself from being able to be searched upon, then how the hell will anyone find you? Isn't that the purpose of Facebook? I think this is much to do about nothing....
    StellarView
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