Another Facebook Privacy Breach

The privacy of many users on Facebook has been compromised by a number of popular applications (apps) used on the social networking site. The Wall Street Journal identified a number of apps that access Facebook members' personal details, even if their privacy settings were set to the most restrictive. It is reported that up to 25 advertising and data gathering firms were exploiting the issue to enable them access the name of the persons using certain apps, and in some cases the names of those persons' friends. One company was also found to have combined the user data accessed in Facebook with its own database of internet users. Evne one company admitted that some of this information was also transmitted to other third parties, but claimed that this transmission was accidental. Facebook has responded by saying it will implement a solution to prevent this type of access to user data.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/18/facebook_apps_privacy_breach
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/11565948
http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=10005

 

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