Facebook Faces Privacy Questions
Revelations in a Wall Street Journal report that
the 10 most popular apps on Facebook have been transmitting the names of members
and possibly those of their friends to "dozens of advertising and internet
tracking companies" raises
questions about the site’s ability to safeguard personal information.
to the report, the issue affects millions of Facebook members, even those with
strict privacy settings. The social networking site said it was working to
close any breaches and that its policy was clear "that no
one can access private user information without explicit user consent."
post on the Facebook Developers blog took issue with some of the reporting
on the breach. "Press reports have exaggerated the implications of sharing
a UID (user ID). Knowledge of a UID does not enable anyone to access private
user information without explicit user consent. Nevertheless, we are committed
to ensuring that even the inadvertent passing of UIDs is prevented and all
applications are in compliance with our policy."
Discussion Questions: How do you think the Wall Street Journal report on
the Facebook user ID breach will affect those who use the site? Will it affect
those attempting to use Facebook as an e-commerce platform?