Fugro Geotags’ data leak that exposed the locations of more than 300,000 geotags on the ocean floor could be a huge moneymaker for the company, which makes equipment for ship-tracking systems.
It could also lead to legal challenges against the company’s business model.
The company has now published the data in an open-access paper and plans to share the data with the public once the data has been properly vetted.
Fugro CEO John Loughran told the BBC he thought the leak was important to the public because of the data’s “massive value”.
“We have to make sure we don’t get caught out,” he said.
“What happens is when you leak the data to the media, people are going to think: ‘Is that really a good idea?'”
Fugro said the company was in discussions with several news organisations about publishing the data.
“We don’t know yet how many sites, but if there’s some way we can find them, that’s fine with us,” he added.
“There’s always going to be people out there who will want to look at the data, but we want to make it as easy as possible for them to do that.”
Mr Loughlan said Fugro was working with the UK’s National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to make the data public.
The NARA will also be releasing the data on the internet, in a public repository.
“I don’t think there’s any other company that is in that position where they’re releasing the information on the web,” Mr Loughnan said.
“It’s quite remarkable.
Fugo has been doing this for 50 years.”
Fugro’s data was first published by the Guardian in May.
The data is stored in a database, which is not open to public inspection.
“This data was not encrypted,” Mr Wooton said.
The information was not released publicly until Monday.
The leak has not affected Fugro in any way.
Mr Lougran said the data would be shared with Fugro, and Fugro would use it to improve the data mining tools it uses to locate geotagging data.
He said Fugo had not been affected by the leak, adding that the company had been working to ensure it did not interfere with its business model and its business processes.
“This is just a normal data breach and there’s nothing to be concerned about,” Mr Leopold said.