Facebook is no stranger to the complaints of privacy activists. First, it was the site's News Feed feature back in 2006. Most recently, the company's Beacon service drew widespread criticism. This blog post will outline yet another major privacy issue, in which Facebook recklessly exposes user data.

Facebook launched its widely popular application developer program back in May 2007. As of press time, there were more than 14,000 applications. Some, including most of the popular apps, are made by companies, while a few of the popular apps, and a significant number of the long tail of the less popular applications are made by individual developers.

But a new study suggests there may be a bigger problem with the applications. Many are given access to far more personal data than they need to in order to run, including data on users who never even signed up for the application. Not only does Facebook enable this, but it does little to warn users that it is even happening, and of the risk that a rogue application developer can pose.

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  1. wildcatsthree January 24, 2008 at 11:25 AM  

    this is really disgusting. I wish I had never signed up with them, but am glad I'm no longer a member. Sounds like they can still have access to my info tho -very scary.

  2. steven wilson January 24, 2008 at 2:30 PM  

    Hi Chris
    I to have removed myself from facebook over all the scandal there.It is a scandal indeed that they retain so much info after leaving,and upon remaining.


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