Facebook apps leak private info

By Andy Rice 18 October 2010

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


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