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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 She also noted that Facebook has removed the outdated Application Programming Interface (API) that Symantec had mentioned.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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By huntington on 5/13/2011 12:00:07 PM , Rating: 2
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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