Application Privacy – Part 3 of Full guide to Facebook security / privacy

Application Privacy

Part 3 of Full guide to Facebook security / privacy

On Facebook, there are thousands of applications to use. Some are quizzes, some give gifts, some are games, and sadly, some are completely malicious. When you or a friend uses an application, you will grant it access to almost everything on your profile. Adding to this, the developers of applications on Facebook have no privacy policy enforcement to keep them inline. All that is required is that they follow Facebook’s Terms of Service and Acceptable Use Policy.

As Facebook explains, “Applications you use will access your Facebook information in order for them to work…When you visit a Facebook-enhanced application or website, it may access any information you have made visible to Everyone [sic] as well as your publicly available information. This includes your Name, Profile Picture, Gender, Current City, Networks, Friend List, and Pages. The application will request your permission to access any additional information it needs.”

You used to have almost total control over what information was shared to applications. Now, you can ignore certain application invites, block applications, and limit the information friends can share about you.

The image above shows the Applications and Websites area of the privacy center. We’ll focus most of the attention on the “What your friends can share about you” section.

“When your friend visits a Facebook-enhanced application or website, they may want to share certain information to make the experience more social. For example, a greeting card application may use your birthday information to prompt your friend to send a card,” explains Facebook.

The catch is, the publicly available information rule applies here. So you will hand over Name, Profile Picture, Gender, Current City, Networks, Friend List, Pages, and information set to Everyone in your privacy controls.

Sadly, there is no way around handing that information over if you entered it into your profile. This section, which used to offer great control over the information an application could harvest, now offers a slimmed down shell of its former self.

The best option here is to opt out of everything to best control privacy. Otherwise, be picky and selective if you choose to allow something.

Also in this section is the ability to list the applications.

you have blocked from the request page, and if you wish, remove them. You can likewise list friends that you will ignore application invites from as well.

It’s a sad thought, but in all honestly this section of the privacy controls is nothing like it used to be, and the publicly available information rule will be a sticking point for some people.


Full guide to Facebook security / privacy

1: Basic Privacy Management

2: Contact Information and Search Related Privacy Management

3: Application Privacy

4: Miscellaneous Facebook Security and Privacy tips and tricks

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