Facebook quizzes may infringe upon your privacy

More than 17 million people have taken a delightful little quiz on Facebook that displays their most-often used words in a sweet word cloud.

Cute, right? Along with “Who Are the Hottest Friends Around You?“ and “What Do People Talk Behind My Back?,“ “What Are Your Most Used Words on Facebook?“ is one of hundreds of quizzes, created by South Korean company Vonvon, that require Facebook users to log in. And online security experts are now calling this practice a privacy nightmare.

A blog post on security website Comparitech zeros in on the words’ quiz because it asks for access to different aspects of a user’s profile, including what’s listed on public profiles and friends lists.The app also scrapes data from a user’s FB timeline to create the final word cloud.facebook

The problem, Comparitech said, is that the quiz’s terms of use allow Vonvon to store that data for an unlimited amount of time on servers throughout the world, and with third parties.

But what could Vonvon do with things like a user’s birth date? Jonghwa Kim, its chief executive, said, “These are some false rumours. We don’t really get any meaningful information when people use our apps. And when they share it on their walls, it really doesn’t have much information about them.“

Source: Times of India 26 Nov’ 2015