Report: "Popular" Facebook Apps Are Sharing User Info with Third Parties

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Interesting. Certain Facebook apps (ahem, Farmville) are sharing user info. Maybe that big Jobs-Zuckerberg sit down two weeks ago was a scolding about privacy and user experience? Probably not. In any event the sharing goes against Facebook's own rules.

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The report arrives this evening thanks to reporting done over at the Wall Street Journal. In their report, we learn that "tens of millions" of users could be affected, mostly thanks to popular apps created by Facebook games mega developer Zynga. Yes, virtual farmers, this includes your precious Farmville app!

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The shared info includes Facebook user IDs, which advertisers and other tracking firms can use to look up user's names and other info on the social network. Oh, and even if you didn't use Farmville or Texas Hold'em, you are still vulnerable, as the breach allows third parties to view the friend lists of affected users and get your information that way. Swell!

Facebook has not yet responded to calls for comment, from the WSJ, CNET or otherwise. In the meantime, lock down those farms, people. [WSJ]

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DISCUSSION

The entire facebook engine is a demographics engine.

Facebook has rules about sharing with 3rd parties because they don't want other companies sippin on the facebook koolaid.

If people are totally offended by your apps sharing data with 3rd parties, why aren't you offended by facebook itself sharing your personal data with 3rd parties?

This is the purpose of facebook. This is their primary way to make money.

Remember, facebook was makin plenty of money before the first advertisement showed up on the website. Facebook is funded by the sale of your demographic information, not by micropayments or ad impressions.