Friday, January 08, 2010

Quiz: What Do Facebook Quizzes Know About You?

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote an published a Facebook app that reveals how much data a Facebook app can actually see from you and your friends.
Nice thing, is that they made it in the form of the quite popular quizzes.

Read the story here, or try it yourself (if you are on Facebook) ...
HINT: always choose the worst possible (from a privacy point of view) answer... that will help...

Turns out that an app can see almost everything, regardless of what you say in your privacy settings, and - more shockingly - it can see a lot about your friends as well... and they don't even know about it...
The ACLU quiz demonstrates this by actually showing you some of your friends data.

Go directly the quiz on Facebook.

Key take away:
So some of your profile data might even be read by an app that a friend is using... you don't even know it, much less authorized it.

#1 Don't take those quizzes
#2 Accepting a friend request on Facebook just got one more thing to consider ('cause you don't know what apps they use)

Sees Scott McNealy was right: "There is no privacy - get over it" [1].
I still hate that attitude... but he seems to be more and more right...

[1] there are slight variations of this quote... but all to the same effect.

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