Facebook, MySpace Confront Privacy Loophole

Friday May 21st 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

Despite their promises not to share personal data, the social networking sites have been sending such information to their advertisers.

Wall Street Journal: According to the Wall Street Journal, "Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers' names and other personal details, despite promises they don't share such information without consent."

The companies initially defended the practice, but by Thursday morning, Facebook had rewritten some of the offending code. Companies that received the data included Google Inc.'s DoubleClick and Yahoo Inc.'s Right Media, both of which said that they were unaware the data they received could be linked to a person's name and other personal information.

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