Site’s Users See Names, Credit Card Numbers Revealed Online

Talk about oversharing.

The names, credit card numbers and purchases of users of, a site that allows people to share information about their purchases, are appearing in a Google (GOOG) search, VentureBeat reported Friday. On Blippy itself, transactions are reported by user and location only, but a specific type of search on Google reveals actual numbers within the text that appears below the search-result link. The news was spreading quickly on Twitter, with the tag #epicfail being attached to some related posts.

The problem raises questions not only for Blippy but for such sharing services in general. What began with the sharing of information among a relatively small circle of friends on sites such as Facebook and MySpace has grown into ever more public, more detailed releases of data–raising questions about privacy along the way.

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