(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

 

BY STACEY WELSH

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

 

It’s an app that protects you from other apps. The research firm PrivacyChoice released Privacyscore for Facebook. It grades other Facebook apps on how they handle users’ information. USA Today produced a tutorial:

 

“90 and above is green. That’s not too bad. Between 80 and 90 is orange, you should take a closer look. If you see red, that means a lot of privacy risk.”

 

The service was already available as a web browser plugin, but it couldn’t check third-party Facebook apps. Now that it can, users might be curious how their favorite apps stack up. WDIV has their scores.

 

“The first is Bubble Witch Saga. And Texas HoldEm Poker, Farmville, and My Calendar... and Words With Friends, Diamond Dash and Hidden Chronicles all protect you pretty well.”

 

WDIV also says Angry Birds landed in the middle of the pack with a score of 65. MediaPost.com reports PrivacyChoice...

 

“...says it studied 212 apps total, which had an average of [more than 4] trackers per page. The apps' average privacy score was 78.”

 

The company’s CEO compares that score to a C+. But security experts say new services like Privacyscore for Facebook could push app developers who don’t like getting bad grades to take privacy issues more seriously. KMSP explains.

 

“Deductions are made for sharing of data with an excessive number of tracking entities, failing to honor deletion requests and storing consumer information for an extended amount of time.”

 

TG Daily reports the app is an important step toward protecting users’ personal data.

 

“Privacyscore's been endorsed by the FCC, which is calling for greater transparency in the communication of privacy practices to users.”

 

Media outlets report Privacyscore is free, and it rates more than 200 top Facebook apps.

 

Facebook App Aims to Protect User Privacy

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Apr 23, 2012

Facebook App Aims to Protect User Privacy

(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

 

BY STACEY WELSH

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

 

It’s an app that protects you from other apps. The research firm PrivacyChoice released Privacyscore for Facebook. It grades other Facebook apps on how they handle users’ information. USA Today produced a tutorial:

 

“90 and above is green. That’s not too bad. Between 80 and 90 is orange, you should take a closer look. If you see red, that means a lot of privacy risk.”

 

The service was already available as a web browser plugin, but it couldn’t check third-party Facebook apps. Now that it can, users might be curious how their favorite apps stack up. WDIV has their scores.

 

“The first is Bubble Witch Saga. And Texas HoldEm Poker, Farmville, and My Calendar... and Words With Friends, Diamond Dash and Hidden Chronicles all protect you pretty well.”

 

WDIV also says Angry Birds landed in the middle of the pack with a score of 65. MediaPost.com reports PrivacyChoice...

 

“...says it studied 212 apps total, which had an average of [more than 4] trackers per page. The apps' average privacy score was 78.”

 

The company’s CEO compares that score to a C+. But security experts say new services like Privacyscore for Facebook could push app developers who don’t like getting bad grades to take privacy issues more seriously. KMSP explains.

 

“Deductions are made for sharing of data with an excessive number of tracking entities, failing to honor deletion requests and storing consumer information for an extended amount of time.”

 

TG Daily reports the app is an important step toward protecting users’ personal data.

 

“Privacyscore's been endorsed by the FCC, which is calling for greater transparency in the communication of privacy practices to users.”

 

Media outlets report Privacyscore is free, and it rates more than 200 top Facebook apps.

 

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