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Monday, October 18, 2010

How Playing Farmville May Bite You Where it Hurts

      According to the Wall Street Journal, three of the top ten game apps on Facebook, including FarmVille, are transmitting user's names, and sometimes the names of users's friends to advertising and tracking companies.  What is actually transmitted by the apps is the users ID number(which is unique to each user) and can be used to to find a person's name if their account is private, or all their information if the account is not.
    The article also mentioned that over 25 sites received information for these apps and that one firm sold the information it collected to 'over a dozen other firms.'

Read the full Wall Street Journal article here.

Posted by SLG_J

1 comment:

razortek said...

ahahahah who did it is a fuckin genius! xD