I don't play FarmVille. Or FrontierVille. I don't play any games on Facebook. In fact, I don't use any apps on Facebook at all.
I'm glad I don't, because the WSJ reported recently that even with the strictest privacy settings possible on Facebook, many applications still pass on personal information to advertisers and other mysterious third parties.
A Facebook spokesman told WSJ this weekend that the social network is working to "dramatically limit" the leaking of users' personal information - but haven't we heard this tale before?
The report says that guilty apps, which are in abundance, snatch up a user's unique ID number, then pass them on to internet advertising companies. The report states that every single one of the 10 most-popular apps did this. And three of the top 10, including Zynga's FarmVille game, went a step further: they transmitted personal information about the user's friends to third party companies, unknown to app users. The Wall Street Journal stated that these apps were sending Facebook IDs to more than 25 advertising and data firms.
Use Facebook if you must, but never trust it. These are today's privacy concerns - forget not that where were many more before these, and rest assured that there will be many more to come.