Monday, October 18, 2010

Facebook in Online Privacy Breach; Applications Transmitting Identifying Information - WSJ.com

A WSJ article to read carefully, if you’re playing third-party games on Facebook

Many of the most popular applications, or "apps," on the social-networking site Facebook Inc. have been transmitting identifying information—in effect, providing access to people's names and, in some cases, their friends' names—to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

The issue affects tens of millions of Facebook app users, including people who set their profiles to Facebook's strictest privacy settings. The practice breaks Facebook's rules, and renews questions about its ability to keep identifiable information about its users' activities secure.

Facebook in Online Privacy Breach; Applications Transmitting Identifying Information - WSJ.com

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