I have written a number of times about privacy issues with Facebook. In fact, I rarely use Facebook any more because of all its problems. I also removed most of my personal information from the site. A couple of items couldn't be removed, so I changed them to show bogus information. I changed my city and state to list me as some distance away from my real residence and changed my age by ten years. Only my name remains correct. I don't want my correct private information to be given to advertisers or to anyone else. Now ComputerWorld reports that even members of Congress have similar concerns.
U.S. Representatives Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Edward Markey, D-Mass., co-chairmen of the House Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earlier this week seeking information on Facebook security features and on reports earlier this week that some of most popular applications made for the social network, such as FarmVille, Texas HoldEm Poker and FrontierVille, have been sending users' personal information to dozens of advertising and Internet monitoring companies.
What scares me the most is the reports that Facebook sells your private information even AFTER you have specified to not share it. After invoking privacy settings, Facebook will not display your most personal information on-screen to other Facebook users but continues to sell your information to advertisers and to anyone else willing to pay for it.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday at http://goo.gl/gBZE that, based on its investigation, the personal information of tens of millions of users, even those whose privacy settings are at the strictest levels, has been exposed through their use of the Facebook apps.
You can read more in an article by Sharon Gaudin in ComputerWorld at http://goo.gl/cVo3