User Data Leaked By Facebook Applications

In the last few years Facebook has revolutionised the way that we interact with the internet. It has changed the way that our young people share their data, and we even allow the service to know wherever we are in the world. Users readily hand over their data because of some sort of trust, which may be about to be broken!

Stan Schroeder over on Mashable is reporting that some Facebook applications, which users have given access to their personal data, have been leaking user ID’s to third party companies. The guilty applications include Frontierville, Farmville and Texas HoldEm Poker. According to Facebook the user ID’s were shared by accident, due to “technical details”.

User ID’s can be either harmless or dangerous depending on the users privacy settings. If the user has their profile secured, the UID cannot be used to access any data unless the user gives permission to do so. However, if you get the UID of somebody with a profile set to show information to ‘everyone’, you can see everything on their profile and get all of their data.

This is another story which just goes to show that users need to take steps to protect their data. For the full story, including quotes by Facebook, head on over to Mashable.com. What do you think about these leaks? Does this mean we can’t trust social networks with our data? Let us know in the comments.