These data were scraped by security consultant Ron Bowles, using code that scans Facebook profiles and collects all data not hidden by privacy settings. Which, as some but not all of you know, are probably not set the way you think they are set for your account.
You can have the data if you want. Click here to download it.
I’m a little unconcerned about these data being spread around. I was already available to anyone who simply went on (after joining) facebook.
Bowles did this in order to highlight the fact that stuff you put on Facebook is pretty much like stuff you leave around on the seat of your car or on a table near an unurtained window. Not invisible.
Bowle’s data set is incomplete, as there are about a half billion Facebook users.
Now, I wonder. What language was the script written in? Please tell me it was in bash using wget and sed! That would be so cool!
The story is all over, but here is one source.