A Bulgarian tech consultant claimed he purchased personal data of some 1 million active Facebook users for $5 each, adding another reason to believe that issues of online privacy still haunts the most used social networking sites.
Bogomil Shopov, a Bulgarian IT consultant said in a recent blog that he purchased the personal data including full names, links to their pages on Facebook and even email addresses.
Alarmingly, the auctioned personal data came from FB users in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Europe.
Shopov is not the first person to purchase personal data on buy and sell site, Gigbucks. Apparently, other individuals have purchased Facebook data on the website as pronounced on the list of satisfied customers posted at the bottom of the page who testified to the validity of Gigbucks services.
The social networking giant was quick to react to Shopov’s posting of his purchase. According to the tech consultant he received a call from
Facebook’s “Platform Policy Team” who asked him to have a phone conversation. The team warned him that it would be recorded.
“The part where they usually say that it is for the purpose of ‘improving the service’ was spared,” recalls Shopov. The company representative on the other line asked the IT consultant to send the file he bought delete its copies and provide them the details of his transaction with the website.
Before their conversation ended FB’s representative warned him to keep silent on the matter. “You are not allowed to disclose any part of this conversation; it is a secret that we are even having this conversation,” said the other person on the line.