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Monday, October 18, 2010

Facebook information spilled out through apps


Millions of Facebook users have had their personal information put at risk because of a security breach involving Facebook apps. It’s not a case of infiltration or malicious intent; rather, many Facebook apps have been found to be transmitting personal information despite Facebook’s policies, and regardless of any user-configured security settings. The personal information seems limited to users’ names and, in some cases, their friends’ names, but does not include sensitive contact or financial information.

The Wall Street Journal found that the 10 most popular Facebook apps were transmitting information to outside companies. Among them are Zynga’s popular Farmville game, which has millions of users on its own. Facebook IDs were sent to 25 different advertising and data companies, one of which used the IDs as part of a larger database of Internet users it sells for profit. The company, RapLeaf, has stated that the data compilation wasn’t done on purpose, and Facebook has stated before that it’s working on preventing RapLeaf from using any of the gathered data.

This breach comes just two weeks after Facebook implemented a control panel for managing privacy settings, and seeing what apps access what information. Facebook has shut down several of the apps that have been transmitting user information.

35 comments:

SMOKEDANKALLDAY said...

Kind of old news but thanks for sharing. I never put any sensitive info on the net.

herb said...

oh my gawd!!!!!

zman said...

wow scary

Come At Me Bro said...

Awesome!

J. Antonio said...

Facebook has a lot of security problems

nice info

Astra said...

oh the horror

Liv said...

haha fuck farmville

zeN said...

always knew FB was screwing us over.. right from the starrt :(

The Lazy Geographer said...

And this is why I avoid Zynga's "games" and have my FB account locked down to an annoying level.

Crammarc said...

friggin a, this kind of stuff makes me want off of facebook

The Illest said...

Great!

comradejoker.blogspot.com/ said...

Thus, why I have yet to put any personal information FB and have yet to use any ridiculous app such as Farmville.

mapaiscool said...

scary. i used to play farmville. haha

nubilus said...

people just need to be more careful with their identity in this day and age

kokiloten said...

thats why im not using facebook :P

iRetiv said...

Why arn't they safe at all?!? Always gatta be a leak..

Gansita said...

Fuuuu, that's why I don't like FB, everybody can track you.

Home Alone Stoned said...

i seriously dont understand why people still love facebook. FUCK FACEBOOK. you might as well just graffiti your personal information on every public wall in every major city

SC2 Strats said...

uh oh! not good for those people.

Mario said...

that sucks!

Adrael said...

God darn that facebook.

Helldozer said...

Wow, what an epic fuck up. Those games are time wasters, anyway.

Damien said...

Haha Rapleaf sounds like rapeleaf. Hmm. I don't really have a personal Facebook, so I don't worry that way. Though, it does make it a little annoying to keep up to date on club stuff.

Author said...

Scary stuff. Always have to be careful about what you disclose on the internet.

Max Steel said...

haha that what people get protip: dont put your shit on the internet

frankie, my cat. said...

With as many users there is on Farmville, this doesn't really come as a suprise.

Fuuuuuuuu said...

This is why I block all applications and keep everything on private... I heard I should be fine with these settings.

Longkid said...

Wow that sucks for facebook. Seems like they didn't even know about it though so I feel kinda bad for them.

Scuba Steve said...

I never use those apps, i think im safe:D

Freshman said...

nice info :D

Trades For Veterans said...

It's amazing how much info people put out on the web as it is!

Pirdefnit said...

haha, so the movie was right!

VanStino said...

Everybody saw this coming :)

Ishu said...

Dang, but you can't do anything about it, when you sign in you accept to let FB use your info...

Touch and Feel said...

I hate facebook...but everyone uses it...

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