Oct 18, 2010
WASHINGTON — Many popular applications on Facebook are violating the social network’s rules and transmitting identifying information about users to advertising and Internet tracking companies, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The newspaper said it conducted an investigation and found that the issue affects tens of millions of Facebook application users, including people who set their profiles to be completely private.
It said the practice breaks Facebook’s rules and renews questions about its ability to keep secure identifiable information about the activities of its members.
The Journal said applications were providing access to Facebook members’ names and, in some cases, their friends’ names, to companies that build detailed databases on people in order to track them online.