According to a report by Wall Street Journal, Facebook game applications such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars by Zynga has transferred their user’s 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.
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