Facebook Developers Sold User IDs to Data Brokers

As a reply to all controversies, about the secrecy and security using Facebook and the security regarding User IDs of Facebook, this Friday, this social network site agreed that many of the Facebook developer’s have sold the User IDs, for many data brokers, thus disclosing the user’s information to third parties.

Mike Vernal, one of the Facebook engineers, in one of his blog posts stated that in a survey for examining the inadvertent transfer of User IDs, it is found that, many of the developers were paid by the data brokers for the transfer of UIDs.

Vernal also added that the personal user data is not sold. The developers doing such things are suspended for about 6 months, since then. Vernal in his blog post wrote that if at all these developers want to come back in to the developer community of Facebook; they need to put forward the data practices, in order to authenticate the company’s compliance with the Facebook’s policies, to the audit.

Though the names of the doubted developers are not revealed by the Facebook, it reported that “less than a dozen” developers, which are not in that top most 10 application developers, are the responsible for these controversies. With all these, a deal was fixed by Facebook with “Rapleaf”, the data broker, which states that all the User IDs of Facebook will be deleted by the company and will prevent any further activities on the platform of Facebook.

Vernal told that by taking all there measures, the company feels that all apt steps are taken to make sure that the users will have their matter or information secure on Facebook, at the same time, give an opportunity to the developers to make tools which give appealing social experiences.

This matter of User IDs of Facebook was the headlines in the in the Journal of Wall Street, few weeks ago. A story was published regarding this issue, saying that the app of Facebook shared the personal info of the users to third party networks like add agencies and Internet tracking businesses. Those application developers might be those top 10 developers of Facebook, including Rapleaf.

There was another clarification given by Facebook regarding its privacy policy to the app developers, that the User IDs will not leave the application, codes or any services, infrastructure that are required to run or build the app.

Facebook is planning to uses some analytical options which disclose the developer who are sharing info to third parties.

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