Facebook – We Really Care About Your Privacy
In yet another story about how life on Facebook isn’t all that private even with intricate use of privacy settings, it has been revealed that a data broker has been buying application developers for user data. And because of this finding, Facebook has taken the harshest stance possible to protect its users–it has suspended some developers from Facebook for six months.
Some “apps,” the small programs that let users play games or share information with each other on the social-networking site, were sending users’ Facebook ID numbers to third-party marketing or data firms, in violation of Facebook’s privacy policies. An ID can be used to look up a user’s name and other publicly available information on the social network and link it to their use of the app. Such information can be used by companies that build profiles of Internet users by tracking their online activities. (WSJ)
So for the next six months all Facebook users are safe from those specific publishers. So feel free to click on anything you see pop up on your wall, it’s sure to be safe.