Facebook reveals another privacy breach, this time involving developers | ZDNet

Roughly 100 app developers may have been able to access data they shouldn’t have.

Facebook reveals another privacy breach, this time involving developers | ZDNet

News Insights:

“In my view, Facebook was reviewing their policies and how they were implemented, then came across an unintended flaw in their APIs that allowed certain developers access to information that they now restrict.  From Facebook’s explanation on their blog, most of these apps were designed to help manage people within a group.  The most important thing to remember here is that the original group administrator had to add and approve these applications, they also had access to the restricted data.  Now Facebook has made a change to their privacy policy and is ensuring that applications adhere to that policy.  From a consumer standpoint, this should be an indicator to go and check the groups that you belong to, make sure you agree with the apps the group administrator has granted permissions to use and ask to find out what types of data those apps have access to.  If you disagree with the group’s privacy, then remove yourself from the group so they will stop having access to it.  It is important that consumers stay vigilant when it comes to their privacy. “ – Will LaSala, Director of Security Services, Security Evangelist at OneSpan.