Facebook: do I get to say "I told you so?"

Just noticed that slashdot is running a story on Facebook applications and data privacy:

Privacy activists are rallying around yet another major issue at Facebook, in which the company is secretly sharing user data with third parties. Researchers from the University of Virginia recently announced that in a study of the top 150 Facebook applications, more than 90% were given access to information that was not needed to function correctly. That Scrabble or Superpoke application you really like? Its developers get access to your religion, sexuality and home town.

The slashdot article links to articles at The University of Virginia and news.com. The University of Virginia article says that 90% of the top 150 Facebook applications request personal data that they don't need in order to function:

When Jane installs a Facebook application, the application is given the ability to see anything that Jane can see. This means that the application can request information about Jane, her friends, and her fellow network members. The owner of the application is free to collect, look at, and potentially misuse this information. The Facebook Terms of Use agreement tells application developers not to do this, but Facebook has no way of finding out or stopping them.

I'll merely point out that I already told you so :-)

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