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Facebook Privacy Breach: 3 Simple Settings You Need To Know NOW

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 10/18/10 12:31 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:05 PM ET

Facebook is in the hotseat Monday following a report by the Wall Street Journal that Facebook applications "have been transmitting identifying information--in effect, providing access to people's names and, in some cases, their friends' names--to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies."

The privacy breach, which involved the sharing of users' unique Facebook IDs, may have affected tens of millions of Facebook app users and is in violation of Facebook's policies. The apps found to be sharing users' personal information include FarmVille, Texas HoldEm, Mafia Wars, and more. (See them here)

Facebook issue a statement in response to the allegations saying that "press reports have exaggerated the implications of sharing a UID [or Facebook ID]" and noting that "In most cases, developers did not intend to pass this information, but did so because of the technical details of how browsers work."

Although Facebook says it is "committed to addressing" this issue and temporarily disabled some of the apps that were in violation of its policies, there are some privacy settings you should know in order to keep your information secure. See 3 key tips for protecting your privacy in the slideshow below. Got other suggestions? Let us know in the comments below. Read more about the privacy breach here.

Change What Information Apps Can Access
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With just a few clicks, you can adjust what information from your Facebook account applications can access, as well as control what kind of interaction the apps can have with you. Want to keep an app from posting on your Facebook Wall? Or stop an app from accessing your data even when you're not using the app? Here's how:
Log in to Facebook, then go to Account (top right) > Privacy Settings > Applications and Websites (Bottom right) > "Edit Settings" under "Applications You Use" > then click "Edit Settings" to adjust each app.

Some information (such as the ability to send you an email, access your basic information, as well as your profile information) may be required, whereas other settings are optional and you can remove the app's ability to contact your or access certain information.
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