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Facebook Privatization: What Applications Can See About You

Sometime around the end of August 2009 the American Civil Liberties Union released a Facebook application called “What Do Quizzes Really Know About You?“.  The purpose of the application was to give the user a quiz regarding the privacy of their accounts.  This was followed up with an offer to join a petition to get Facebook to provide full control to each piece of the information you provide to the site as well as allowing you to select what you share with an application you install.

The majority of user’s who choose to install an application do not realize the privacy they are giving up by doing so. When you do allow an application access to your account you are accepting the following statement: “Allowing <application name> access will let it pull your profile information, photos, your friends’ info, and other content that it requires to work.” That’s a quote. Continue reading