12 May '11, 9am

Facebook may have leaked your personal information to third parties: Symantec

Facebook users' personal information could have been accidentally leaked to third parties, in particular advertisers, over the past few years, Symantec said on its official blog. Third parties would have had access to personal information such as profiles and chats, and could have had the ability to post messages, the security software maker said. "We estimate that, as of April 2011, close to 100,000 applications were enabling this leakage," the blog post said. " ... Over the years, hundreds of thousands of applications may have inadvertently leaked millions of access tokens to third parties", posing a security threat, the blog post said. The third parties may not have realised their ability to access the information, it said. Facebook, the world's largest social networking website, was notified of this issue and confirmed the leak, the blog post said. It said Facebook has...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/TechandDigital/Digital/EDC1105...

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