“What do you advise re the privacy issues on Facebook. I’m trying to remove Facebook apps that request all my information, it just seems a step too far. Am I being paranoid?”
David of Rhythmshack
I must admit that I don’t allow many Facebook applications. It depends what they want to have access to – and why – and what the app is.
I also don’t put very much personal info about me onto my profile at all. Not that that stops them because every time I like a Page, Facebook inserts this information into my profile. Being as I sometimes like other Social Media Managers’ clients’ Pages to help them gain enough likes for a vanity URL, this can make for some very interesting reading.
David was also very unhappy with newspaper Facebook apps which tell people what you’ve read just because you clicked on a link. “It seems to make assumptions about what you actually like and then posts them when it may not not be valid. I’ve deleted them, but they’re still appearing on my wall – even though I’ve removed the app.”
Looking through my own list of Facebook apps, it would seem that a lot come from when I buy software and they ask me to like their Page, often in return for additional credits or some other bonus type of inducement. The upshot is that these favours automatically translate into an app having access to your information and until now, I had not really made that connection.
There was one the other week where I agreed to like the Page and when I went back to my timeline, I discovered that it had written itself a glowing review in my name! Even though I had only just bought it as a result of a webinar that I had watched so had no experience of whether it would live up to expectations. That Facebook app has now been removed because who knows what they’ll decide to share to