According to latest reports, researchers have leaked profile data on 70,000 OkCupid users after creating a program to scan profiles on the site.
Usernames, ages, star signs, locations, number of pictures and – most controversially – their sexual preferences have been leaked.
The leak happened when researchers created a computer ‘scanner’ to search through profiles automatically, Vox reports.
Basically, they ran software to ‘scrape’ the information off OkCupid’s website and then uploaded the data onto the Open Science Framework, an online forum where researchers are encouraged to share data to increase collaboration on social science.
It’s a major data breach that hasn’t been thought through. Thousands of users have had their personal information leaked and its 100 per cent identifiable if you connect the dots.
If you’re on OkCupid, check you’re not affected.