Report: Facebook apps transmitted personal info

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Posted: Oct 18, 2010 8:47 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Updated: Oct 18, 2010 11:11 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: The Wall Street Journal, Facebook, applications, personal, information, advertising, Internet tracking companies, privacy

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that 10 popular Facebook applications have been transmitting users' personal identifying information to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies.

The breach also includes users who set all their information to be completely private, and in some cases, the apps provided access to friends' names.

Facebook says the company will introduce new technology to contain the breach.

The apps, include Zynga Game Network Inc.'s FarmVille, with 59 million users, and Texas HoldEm Poker and FrontierVille. Three of the top 10 apps, including FarmVille, also have been transmitting personal information about a user's friends to outside companies.

It's not clear how long the breach went on.

The paper says Facebook also has taken immediate action to disable all applications that violated their terms.

Most apps are made by independent software companies, not by Facebook.

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