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23 April 2017 17:50 (South Africa)

Facebook apps leak private info

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

An investigation by the Wall Street Journal has found that many of the most popular Facebook applications have been leaking identifying data to advertising and internet tracking companies. The implicated apps include Farmville, Texas Holdem Poker and Frontierville. The leak affects tens of millions of users, even those who set their profiles to the strictest Facebook privacy setting. Most disconcerting of all, the apps have not only been leaking of those who used the apps, but of their friends as well, which means that if even if you didn't use the implicated apps, but your friends did, your information could already be in the possession of internet snake-oil merchants. Read more: Wall Street Journal

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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