Facebook apps privacy breach

SEVERAL Facebook applications have been secretly transmitting users’ personal information to commercial companies, it was claimed yesterday.

The Wall Street Journal said the breach also included users who set all their information to be completely private. Some apps provided access to friends’ names.

A Facebook spokesman said new technology could be introduced to contain the leak. The paper said Facebook acted to disable all applications involved.

The apps included 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 said.


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