Apps found to transmit user information regardless of privacy settings

Facebook caught sharing ?private? information

Facebook has been found to be supplying users personal information to advertisers and internet tracking companies.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the information has also included those users who chose Facebook’s maximum privacy settings, which constitutes a breach of Facebook’s own rules.

The information transmitted included browsing activity and friend lists allowing third party companies to build up a profile of the user for advertising purposes, a practice that is becoming a growing industry.

The practice is not limited to Facebook itself, three of the top ten app developers are also sharing user information, including Farmville developer Zynga, Texas HoldEm Poker and FrontierVille.

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