Social networking giant Facebook's internal guidelines, which shows how the company deals with data requests made by law enforcement agencies have been ‘leaked' to the web.
Reports started coming in that Anonymous and LulzSec hackers had managed to get their hands on the guidelines and leaked for everyone to see.
In a tweet, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) claimed that the ‘leaked' guidelines have been available on its website since January, ZD Net (opens in new tab) reports.
"Anon ‘leaks' Facebook's 2010 law enforcement guidelines, which have been available on the EFF website since Jan: https://eff.org/r.H7t #foia," stated the EFF (opens in new tab).
It was also revealed that the guidelines that were supposedly leaked have been out of date for some time.
Facebook has been assailed by criticism for the way it handles user privacy. The platform, which is accessed by more than 800 million users worldwide, is a treasure trove of data for both law enforcement agencies and advertisers.
In order to dispel privacy fears, Facebook has also opened a new web page called "Information for Law Enforcement Authorities", which is accessible by the public and details how the company deals with law enforcement data requests.
The page features almost all the guidelines that appear in the ‘leaked' document and some more.