Facebook apps ‘leaking details’

Advertisers and “internet tracking agencies” have access to private details of users of Facebook apps – even with the strictest privacy settings enabled.

The top 10 Facebook apps, including Zynga’s Farmville and Texas Hold ‘Em Poker allegedly “grab” a user’s unique Facebook ID number and pass it on to external companies. Some even do the same with a the details of users’ friends.

Facebook told the WSJ it was aware of the problem and would act to “dramatically limit” the leaking of users’ personal information.

(Source: Wall Street Journal)

This article appears in issue 257 of Media Digest.

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