Facebook Apps Are Leaking Your Personal Data
Company 'working to fix problem'
By Emily Rauhala, Newser User
Posted Oct 18, 2010 4:40 AM CDT
Updated Oct 18, 2010 6:38 AM CDT
Not-so private.   (AP Photo/Russel A. Daniels)

(Newser) – Your oh-so-strict Facebook privacy settings aren't necessarily protecting you: Many popular Facebook applications have been transmitting identifying information to dozens of firms, a Wall Street Journal investigation has discovered. It's an issue that affects ten of millions of users and one that breaks the company's own rules about privacy. A Facebook rep has admitted the problem exists, and says the company is working on a solution.

The Journal found that all of the 10 most popular apps were transmitting users' IDs to companies, essentially allowing them to access those people's names, and, in some cases, the names of their friends. The list includes apps like Farmville, which has some 59 million users, Texas HoldEm Poker and FrontierVille. Those with strict privacy settings are not spared. (Click here for other news about Facebook.)

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Oct 18, 2010 12:23 PM CDT
All these stories are the same. Our information is going out to companies. Well, what's happening with it, huh? What are they doing with our information other than using it to target us with more relevant web ads?
Oct 18, 2010 11:28 AM CDT
Surprise, surprise! I can hear Zuckerberg "Gasp! I didn't realise that could happen (*heh heh*)". Despairingly, a friend recently said, on being told of how his data is thieved and sold, "Well, it doesn't affect me. I just like their stuff".
Amy Lewis
Oct 18, 2010 10:33 AM CDT
Yeah...this is why I don't play Farmville or any of those other games.