Facebook is again caught up in a data privacy issue, as over 500 million users’ data was leaked back in 2019.
Alon Gal, chief technology officer at cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock said that 533,000,000 Facebook records were “leaked for free” and called out the social media platform for what he considered “absolute negligence.”
Some of the data—which included phone numbers, complete names, birthdates, email addresses and some even relationship statuses—were still reportedly up to date, which means that some phone numbers posted online still belong to account owners.
In a tweet last January, Gal reported that nearly 32 million American accounts and 20 million French accounts were affected by the leak. He added: “Bad actors will certainly use the information for social engineering, scamming, hacking and marketing.”
In response, Facebook said that this was “old data” and that they had resolved this issue in August of 2019.
Facebook was also previously implicated in a 2016 scandal regarding British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica using Facebook users’ personal data to target political ads, causing the social network to draw criticism for its mishandling of private data.