Report: Facebook Apps Run Afoul of Privacy Rules

Paul Lilly

Tens of millions of Facebook users are potentially being bamboozled by many of the social network's most popular apps, The Wall Street Journal reports . According to WSJ's investigation, these apps are sharing users' names, and even their friends' names, to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies.

But that's only the half of it. The issue supposedly even affects users who set their profiles to Facebook's strictest privacy settings, which means these apps are blatantly ignoring Facebook's rules. So what is Facebook doing to combat the problem?

"Our technical systems have always been complemented by strong policy enforcement, and we will continue to rely on both to keep people in control of their information," a Facebook official said.

And yes, according to the WSJ, these apps include Zynga's ever popular FarmVille, which boasts 59 million users, as well as Texas HoldEm Poker and FrontierVille.

"Zynga has a strict policy of not passing personally identifiable information to any third parties," a Zynga spokeswoman said. "We look forward to working with Facebook to refine how Web technologies work to keep people in control of their information."

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