Just a quick followup on the post we had a few weeks back. Facebook is now talking about the app/privacy problem it was having, and apparently has persuaded the information broker RapLeaf to delete all the data that was gleaned from Facebook’s pages. The news article I found addressing the subject didn’t say, or know, whether there were other data brokers involved in the agreement, but this is a good sign that Facebook is serious about ensuring that its users aren’t being used while using the site.
Ostensibly, the information gathered wasn’t anything that people were blocking from public view, but the fact remains that this can and should go a long way toward rebuilding the trust that was eroding over this past month.
Well done, Facebook team.