If you are a Facebook user, you see plenty of the invites to play this, play that or a friend invited you to… Think twice about taking the next celebrity quiz that pops up in your news feed.
The Wall Street Journal revealed that many of Facebook’s most popular applications — including the massive hits Farmville and Mafia Wars — were transmitting personal user information to outside servers. Some of these companies were accused of collecting information through several apps and then selling it to ad firms.
Facebook immediately disabled several such applications. “We prohibit applications from transferring user data to ad networks or data brokers, and when we receive a report that such an improper transfer has occurred, we investigate and take action as appropriate,”.
“It is important to note that there is no evidence that any personal information was misused or even collected as a result of this issue,” Noyes added. “In fact, all of the companies questioned about this issue said publicly that they did not use the user IDs or did not use them to obtain personal info.”
Still, many of Facebook’s applications are developed by smaller, independent companies, and there is little way of knowing how they’re really using your information. Whenever you OK a new application, you are essentially handing over your private data. Beware and do not accept applications that you are not familiar with. Do your homework and protect yourself.
Be safe and be blessed!