Facebook apps passing on data to third parties?

Farmville passing your ID onto ad companies?

Yet another Facebook privacy storm has errupted today with claims that the makers of popular apps like Farmville are passing on the IDs of users and their friends to advertising companies.

An investigation by the Wall Street Journal has revealed that ten of the most popular apps on the social networking site - including Texas Hold 'Em Poker, Frontierville and Farmville - are guilty of sharing information with outside parties.

The WSJ report claims that 25 ad companies are being sold the user's Facebook ID, from which they can discover your real name, even if you have the strictest privacy settings in place. The data is then used to place targetted adverts on your page.

The alleged security breach breaks Facebook's privacy code and the social networking site has pledged to introduce tighter controls.

He said: "As part of our work to provide people with control over their information, we’ve learned that the design and operation of the iInternet doesn’t always provide the greatest control that is technically possible.

"For example, in the Spring, it was brought to our attention that Facebook user IDs may be inadvertently included in the URL referrer sent to advertisers. Here, WSJ has uncovered the same issue on Facebook Platform where a Facebook user ID may be inadvertently shared by a user’s Internet browser or by an application delivering content to a user."

Link: Wall Street Journal

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