When everyone around you is Facebook quizzing, sometime’s it can be hard to resist the lure joining in yourself. But next time, breathe deeply and move on—remembering the privacy implications we’re about to remind you of.
You’ve probably seen your friends announcing their most-used words on Facebook, having happily granted a word cloud app access to their accounts. But UK-based company Comparitech decided to look at exactly which details the app was grabbing, and it’s a long and intrusive list, including: your name, your birthdate, hometown, education details, all your Likes, photos, browser, language, your IP address and your friends list. Worth telling people which words you use a lot now?
You can tweak the access that third-party apps are granted in Facebook of course. But as Engadget notes, this word cloud app doesn’t seem to work if you use restrictive settings.
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