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Facebook Apps a threat on privacy

“Back in June, the American Civil Liberties Union published an article describing Facebook’s complete lack of meaningful security on your and your friends’ information. The article went virtually unnoticed.

Now, a developer has written a Facebook ‘Quiz‘ based on the original article that graphically illustrates all the information a Facebook app can get its grubby little hands on by recursively sweeping through your friends list, pulling all their info and posts, and showing it to you.

What’s more, apps can get at your information even if you never run the app yourself. Facebook apps run with the access privileges of the user running it, so anything your friend can see, the app they’re running can see, too.

It is unclear whether the developer of the Facebook app did so ‘officially’ for the ACLU.”

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