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					                   Facebook Applications - Security and Privacy
Click on Application Settings:

You can go into each application and change what lists your applications have access to.

Then in Privacy Settings: Click on Applications
This is considered a “hidden setting”. Facebook automatically allows your FRIENDS applications to access
information about YOU. You don’t even have to authorize the application yourself! So, change these.
Be absolutely sure every time you allow an application to be installed:

At this point you are allowing this application access to your account information – privacy problem or to install
something on your machine – security problem. Don’t be quick to do this! Only applications that have been
out for a long time and has good reviews or were built by facebook.


   1. There is no vetting of applications by Facebook. MySpace and iPhone App store do. Facebook says
      they don't plan to vet applications, even though there has been a round of viruses, worms and phishing
      exploits on Facebook. I think they are wrong.
   2. Yet ... it is fun and everyone is doing it! Be careful. My Rule of Thumb - don't use an application
      unless Facebook designed it (ex. Notes) or it has been around a long time and no complaints.
   3. Don’t do it just because friends are. Friends are fine with you not authorizing an application. I got
      "hugged" by a friend of mine and wrote back instead of "sending a hug" back.

Excepted from: TechDirt Blog - Chris Soghoian posts
Facebook's permissive policies regarding application access to user data poses a serious threat to user privacy
that could seriously damage Facebook's reputation. Applications are given access not just to all of a given user's
information (much of which is unnecessary for the application to perform its functions) but also to a lot of
information about a user's friends, many of whom will not have consented to have their information shared with
random third-party applications. There's is a page buried deep in the Facebook preferences that allows users to
disable your friends' applications from accessing this information about you, but the information is shared by
default, and the page isn't going to win any awards for clarity. The situation poses a serious problem for
Facebook. On the one hand, it has an obligation to preserve their users' privacy. On the other hand, it
desperately wants to enhance the functionality of the Facebook platform and prove that it's more than a toy for
college kids. An overly-restrictive privacy policy could make it impossible for anyone to develop the killer app
Facebook craves. I'm not sure exactly where to draw the line, but I think Soghoian is right that the current
system has too few safeguards against the misues of private information by third-party applications.