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Snarky Facebook CEO That Loved To Hack Into Harvard Databases Chickens Have Come Home To Roost

October 18, 2010

 The Wall Street Journal  is reporting that 10 popular Facebook applications have been transmitting users’ personal identifying information to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies.

The newspaper said Monday that the breach also includes users who set all their information to be completely private. And in some cases, it says, the apps provided access to friends’ names.

The Journal wrote: The information being transmitted is one of Facebook’s basic building blocks: the unique “Facebook ID” number assigned to every user on the site. Since a Facebook user ID is a public part of any Facebook profile, anyone can use an ID number to look up a person’s name, using a standard Web browser, even if that person has set all of his or her Facebook information to be private.

For other users, the Facebook ID reveals information they have set to share with “everyone,” including age, residence, occupation and photos.  The apps reviewed by the Journal were sending Facebook ID numbers to at least 25 advertising and data firms, several of which build profiles of Internet users by tracking their online activities.

Mark Zuckerberg loved to hack into Harvard personal databases. Getting a taste of his own medicine and the chickens have come home to roost.