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Boffins create Facebook warning
by Nick Farrell on05 December 2011
You are about to give your data away
Software boffins have created a simple interface that clearly shows what information you’re about to give a Facebook app access to.
At the moment if you sign up for a Facebook app you could end up giving the app writers shedloads of personal data. The sign-up interface was written by Penn State University researchers, who claim that Facebook app developers are making profits from their games and tools by selling or sharing the data with advertisers and other companies. The information could also be leaked to identity thieves.
The boffins presented their findings at the Association for Computer Machinery Symposium on Computer Human Interaction for Management of Information Technology, Boston. Some people may know that they are allowing these companies to access their data, but they might not know that their info will be leaked through their friends, use of games and other applications on Facebook.