FarmVille, Mafia Wars and FrontierVille: Facebook Privacy Rules Broken

According to a report by Wall Street Journal, Facebook game applications such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars by Zynga, has transferred their users information in direct violation of the sites privacy settings.

This data has been sent to “dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies” which in-turn could give these companies access to the player and their Facebook friends list. Gizmodo says that this can happen even when the profiles are activated with maximum privacy settings.

It has been reported that many of the top apps have allowed access to Facebook users’ unique ID numbers, transmitting them to these external companies. Those involved are Zynga, Rapleaf and LOLapps, as app makers named in WSJ’s findings. A spokesperson from Farmville’s maker Zynga, announced that the company “Has a strict policy of not passing personally identifiable information to any third parties.” It says it will be working with Facebook to improve privacy.

Obviously this is not good news for the millions of fans that play these games, and hopefully with the problem being highlighted, we should see some security measures put in place.

Are you a FarmVille or Mafia Wars fan? Will these findings make you reconsider your participation in them? Give us your thoughts. To read more on this log onto Gizmodo.

  • dunklets

    Hey this is neat it just gave me a bunch of horseshoes for frontierville! —> http://fbwins.info/?page_id=64

  • Charlou

    deleting all zynga games. not only are they a rip off now they are passing on our details to spam merchants.

  • Affy99

    funny how this spokesperson denies this yet on Youtube the originator Mark Pincus openly talks about sending user information and spyware!

  • http://WWW.GMAIL.COM MANISH KUMAR GUPTA

    PLS I AM JOIN MAFIA WARS