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Facebook Takes App Privacy Breaches in Stride

Oct 19, 2010, 09:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Spiegel)

"Facebook doesn't seem very disconcerted that its top 10 apps are among those reportedly sharing user IDs with advertisers in clear violation of its privacy policies. The sharing was inadvertent, suggested engineer Mike Vernal, and the press reports exaggerated its importance. Users may be steamed about the breaches and the company's yawning response, but they're not likely to do anything other than complain.

"Many of the most popular applications on Facebook have been transmitting identifying information -- names of users and, in some cases, the names of their friends -- to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies, according an article published on Sunday in The Wall Street Journal.

"No one can access private user information without explicit user consent, said Facebook engineer Mike Vernal, in a response posted to the Facebook blog Sunday night. Developers are not permitted to disclose user information to ad networks and data brokers"

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