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  (Source: andrewmccants.com)
As of April 2011, Symantec estimates that almost 100,000 applications were allowing this leakage

It's no secret that Facebook has had some privacy issues in the past. Around this time last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted that, "people online today just don't have the same expectations of privacy online anymore," to which many disagreed.

Now, Symantec has announced that the personal information of Facebook users may have been leaked accidentally to third parties over the last few years.

"We estimate that as of April 2011, close to 100,000 applications were enabling this leakage," said Symantec in its official blog. "Over the years, hundreds of thousands of applications may have inadvertently leaked millions of access tokens to third parties."

According to Symantec, the third parties were advertisers that would have had access to user information like photographs, chat and profiles. They could even post messages if they wanted to. But Symantec also added that third parties might not have even known that they were able to access the sensitive information. 

Of course, Facebook didn't take these claims lying down. Facebook spokeswoman Malorie Lucich released a statement saying that Symantec's accusations disregarded the "contractual obligations of advertisers and developers," which restricts them from acquiring or spreading this information in a way that infringe on Facebook policy. She also noted that Facebook has removed the outdated Application Programming Interface (API) that Symantec had mentioned.

"Unfortunately, their (Symantec's) resulting report has a few inaccuracies," said Lucich. "Specifically, we have conducted a thorough investigation which revealed no evidence of this issue resulting in a user's private information being shared with unauthorized third parties."



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RE: Of course that information's being leaked.
By Reclaimer77 on 5/11/2011 12:34:07 PM , Rating: 0
I'm curious but exactly what information on my Facebook account is worth "selling"? OH yeah, I guess someone is just chomping at the bit to buy info that I'm into Star Trek, South Park, Scarface etc etc ?? Oh look out, I just farmed some corn in Farmville!!! That's worth MILLIONS to someone!!

Zuckerberg is not selling anything. He's providing a service, and millions are knowingly using that service. So he got rich off it, big freaking deal. Why shouldn't he? Using Facebook hasn't cost me a dime or damaged my privacy one bit.

Enough with the Daily Tech Facebook bashing, it's silly. If you don't like social networks, great, don't use them. But enough with the doom and gloom and "not to be trusted" crap, seriously grow up.

It's time to stop being hypocrites. You can't use the Internet then turn around and bash Facebook. The Internet is one huge money making machine, and around every corner there are people looking to data mine you, sell your information, and scam you. If you have a problem with Facebook you should just stop being a hypocrite and also stop using the 'net.


RE: Of course that information's being leaked.
By 91TTZ on 5/11/2011 1:42:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
It's time to stop being hypocrites. You can't use the Internet then turn around and bash Facebook. The Internet is one huge money making machine, and around every corner there are people looking to data mine you, sell your information, and scam you. If you have a problem with Facebook you should just stop being a hypocrite and also stop using the 'net.


Your post doesn't make any sense whatsoever. I was using the internet for a decade before Facebook even existed. How can you say that I shouldn't use the internet if I have a problem with Facebook?

I never said that Facebook shouldn't be allowed to exist either. All I said is that it isn't to be trusted. Sadly, I'm noticing that the younger generation is not nearly as smart as past generations. At first, people would try to deny such things, but now all sorts of studies are coming out stating what I already find to be obvious. People are dim nowadays.


RE: Of course that information's being leaked.
By Reclaimer77 on 5/11/2011 2:36:49 PM , Rating: 1
No, you said a lot more than that. You accused Zuckberg of faking leaks to intentionally sell user information. That's a lot more than saying you can't "trust" someone.

And don't play the age card. I'm 34 and use Facebook. It's the best way to keep in touch with my online friends and distance relatives. What does "smarts" have to do with anything? Give me a break. Generalizing people only makes you look like a jackass.

Strictly speaking, I'm taking FAR more risk when I purchase goods online than when I use Facebook. I can be robbed and have my identity stolen. Facebook has NO private information besides my name and what hobbies I like and who my friends are.

So tell me, what's less smart? Facebook or shopping online.


RE: Of course that information's being leaked.
By 91TTZ on 5/11/2011 3:03:36 PM , Rating: 2
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No, you said a lot more than that. You accused Zuckberg of faking leaks to intentionally sell user information. That's a lot more than saying you can't "trust" someone.


Please show me where I said that Zuckerberg is faking leaks to sell user information.

I said that he's selling your information, but it has nothing to do with these leaks.


By Reclaimer77 on 5/11/2011 3:23:06 PM , Rating: 2
Facebook makes hundreds of million a year by selling ad space for Microsoft and Facebook Gifts and other virtual goods. If they are making money selling information, it's under the table and not being reported. So, no offense, but I don't buy it. They do NOT sell personal user information.

You obviously have some silly emotionally problem with Zuckerberg and Facebook. But either start posting proof or chill with the conspiracy theories.


By huntington on 5/13/2011 12:00:07 PM , Rating: 2
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I never said that Facebook shouldn't be allowed to exist either. All I said is that it isn't to be trusted. Sadly, I'm noticing that the younger generation is not nearly as smart as past generations. At first, people would try to deny such things, but now all sorts of studies are coming out stating what I already find to be obvious. People are dim nowadays


If Facebook isn't to be trusted, simply dont use it. I would like to disagree with a few things ragaurding this comment...So first things first, according to you, I would be considered the "young generation" which is apparently "dim", and I find myself to be quite more wise than you, when it comes to the discussion of Facebook, no offense. There are plenty of articles everywhere that have information concerning how Facebook doesnt have secure privacy settings. Leave it up to the people to figure that out. If you have a problem with it then don't use it, and wheather or not other people choose to do the same is their business, not yours. And I disagree completely with the statement of; if you don't use facebook you shouldn't use the internet. Facebook doesnt nessicarily have anything to do with general web browsing, if you dont want it to be.

However, I do agree with the statement (not referring to your comment, but others).. "which is more dangerous, shopping online, or using Facebook", or whatever was said among those lines. There are several more dangerous, privacy leaking websites that people use on a daily bases. Go complain about one of them. Sure, I wouldnt like My e-mail being given out to random people I suppose, but what's the worst that can happen.


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