Facebook’s New Third-Party Applications: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
The newly announced feature, Facebook Platform, allows third-party developers (including heavyweights like Microsoft and Amazon.com) to create their own applications to provide Facebook's users with enhanced functionality, such as the ability to review books, or even borrow money from Facebook friends.
This is big news for Facebook users and many are touting the potential of Facebook Platform to revolutionize social networking.
But, if you use Facebook, you should be aware that the advent of third-party platform applications means that Facebook may no longer be solely responsible for keeping your personal information safe.
Third-party developers are also bound by contractual and technical means to respect your general Privacy Settings.
Facebook users may benefit from the additional functionality that Facebook Platform makes possible, but they should be more vigilant than ever about controlling access to personal information now that responsibility for keeping such information safe can now fall to an array of individual developers instead of a single company.