CMU: Study shows dangers in Facebook apps

12 February 2008

CMU’s newspaper, The Tartan has an article on Adrienne Felt’s facebook platform privacy work: Study shows dangers in Facebook apps, The Tartan, 11 February 2008.

Each day, students are bombarded with requests to become a Greek god, a Disney princess, and the biggest brain — on Facebook, that is. Over 15,000 Facebook applications exist today, offering a variety of capabilities to the social networking website. However, according to a new study from the University of Virginia, users risk losing their privacy by simply rating their 10 hottest friends or discovering their ideal desperate housewife.

It even includes a comic featuring nudity!

[Added 23 Feb] Cornell’s The Ithacan also has an article: Facebook applications access personal information, February 21, 2008.