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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 She also noted that Facebook has removed the outdated Application Programming Interface (API) that Symantec had mentioned.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 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
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.

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