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Facebook Privacy Tool To Help Consumers, Push Developers

ONLINE PRIVACY

April 24, 2012

USA TODAY reports on the release of a new service that grades how each of Facebook's top third-party apps respects consumer privacy. Privacyscore for Facebook grades the privacy policies and tracking practices of more than 200 Facebook apps, the report states. Points are deducted for "sharing data with an excessive number of tracking entities, failing to honor deletion requests, failing to provide an opt-out choice or storing consumer data for long periods." The Future of Privacy Forum's Jules Polonetsky, CIPP/US, said the tool will be useful for consumers, but "it may actually be even more useful in pushing application developers, who don't like getting poor grades, to look more closely at their own privacy practices."
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