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Facebook users are inadvertently providing access to their names and in some cases even their friend's names to advertising and Internet tracking companies, through some popular applications, the Wall Street Journal said.

According to the Journal's investigation, the issue affects tens of millions of Facebook app users, including people who set their profiles to Facebook's strictest privacy settings, the paper said.

The practice violates Facebook's rules and raises questions about its ability to keep identifiable information about its users' activities secure, the paper said.

On Sunday, a Facebook spokesman told the Journal that it is taking steps to "dramatically limit" the exposure of users' personal information.
"A Facebook user ID may be inadvertently shared by a user's Internet browser or by an application," the spokesman told the paper.

Knowledge of an ID "does not permit access to anyone's private information on Facebook," he said, adding that the company would introduce new technology to contain the problem identified by the Journal.
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No link?

Ok I'll provide the link you did not add in. Cause I saw this story before.
BBC - Newsbeat - Claim some Facebook apps pass on personal info on users

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And is the sg in your username meaning Savage Garden or am I totally on the wrong track?
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here another link,
Facebook in Privacy Breach

I'm guessing the sg could mean "star gate universe"...I might be on the wrong track though

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And is the sg in your username meaning Savage Garden or am I totally on the wrong track?
Is for Stargate Universe the TV series on SciFy

BTW i'm a new user so i didn't put a link because i was afraid to be accused of spam or something like that.
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BTW i'm a new user so i didn't put a link because i was afraid to be accused of spam or something like that.

Dont worry about that. The Mods here are pretty well on there game and there is a easy reporting page if a member believes it to be SPAM. It wont last long in other words and you will know about it.

As the8thark has stated always put a link in, so people dont think you are playing around and there then is also evidence to back up the LinkLess claim

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