Stop your Facebook Friends’ Quizzes from Invading Your Privacy

Sarah at the ReadWriteWeb has written a nice article alerting you to What Facebook Quizzes Know About You.

Let's be clear: we're not talking about your quizzes, probably you never indulge in any of those (like me). Even then, when your friends take quizzes, your privacy is being invaded. Huh? How can you stop this? Here's how.

Go to Settings->Privacy->Applications. Switch from the Overview to the Settings tab.

Uncheck all the boxes there. If you have never linked any external application with Facebook, and never used any application inside Facebook, you can also opt to choose the second option – Do not share any information about me through the Facebook API.

This is very important because Facebook applications do not need to have a privacy policy in place. Which means any developer can write a quiz or game application and when any user runs it, the developer has access to all of that person's friends on Facebook. This is about to change, but will likely take a long time. Your privacy is more important than that.

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  • http://vikasgupta.wordpress.com/ Vikas Gupta

    Off topic!

    Mahendra, I am planing to host my own blogs just like you in some 3-4 months. When you got time, you may want to do a comprehensive post on this including discussing all aspects such as how to shift, best web hosting services in India (the prices) and other nitty-gritty! I will of course bug with a list of questions when I will shift. I have bookmarked a lot of documentation on this.

  • http://vikasgupta.wordpress.com/ Vikas Gupta

    Wow, the comment thing was something! May get an account on Disqus!

  • http://vikasgupta.wordpress.com/ Vikas Gupta

    After the first comment, the comment submission is very smooth!

  • http://vikasgupta.wordpress.com/ vikas gupta

    I shared it on FB! It was smoothly done! :)

  • http://www.skepticgeek.com Mahendra

    Vikas, sure. I will do a post on this some time soon. Thanks!

  • fastdots

    Mahendra – facebook security is a serious concern re: privacy issues. A good friend of mine actually wrote a facebook app called privacy mirror (http://apps.facebook.com/privacy_mirror) that shows you whats visible to an application. He has written quite a bit about facebook and its privacy issues on his blog at – http://www.tuesdaynight.org/2009/08/21/the-chal

    ~fastdots

  • http://www.skepticgeek.com Mahendra

    Thanks, fastdots! This is really interesting, I will surely check it out.