Facebook Privacy: How to Deny Unwanted Applications Access to Your Personal Data


There has been a lot of controversy recently over privacy issues concerning Facebook. Whilst the social networking giant has taken some small steps to remedy these concerns, with improved privacy settings and more information available to users, this in itself may not be enough.

What Facebook has not disclosed to its users are the big privacy issues that concern the many apps that the site is famous for. Nearly all of these apps require permission to access account information in order to function and whilst most users are happy to grant access, not all realize what this could mean if this information were to be misused. In fairness, most of the apps are legitimate and pose no security threat. But should an app developer suddenly decide to misuse this information, or another less-scrupulous company takes control of the app, then this account information could be used for all kinds of illicit exploits.

Facebook PrivacyAnd it is not just the apps you install that can affect you – those apps installed by your friends can also access some of your information via your friends’ accounts.

Most people forget all about installed apps, especially ones that have not been used for a while and it is not like they are easily monitored on Facebook. The bad news is that these long-forgotten apps still have access to the very same account information whether you use them or not. The good news is that you can control which apps have access to your data – Facebook just does not bother to make this important information readily accessible to its users.

How to Control and Deny Application Access

First you need to logon to your Facebook account. On the main page you will see an ‘Accounts’ button in the top right hand corner. When you click on this it will bring up a drop-down menu, from this menu select ‘Application Settings’. Once on the Application Settings page you will see a box on the right hand side next to the word ‘Show’, the default option in the box will be ‘Recently Used’. Click the arrow next to the box to open up another drop-down menu, and then select ‘Authorized’ from the list.

Now the page will display all apps that have access to your Facebook data. To deny access to any of the apps, simply click on the ‘X’ at the right hand edge
of the app. You will receive a confirmation pop-up asking you to confirm you instruction to deny, click on ‘Deny’. The next pop-up box will be a confirmation that you have removed the app, click on ‘Okay’ and the action is complete.

Not every app can be deleted, or denied access. Those that are developed and pre-installed by Facebook cannot be deleted, but these are not apps to worry
about.

Facebook is not perfect and it seems that no-one really cares, if the rapidly increasing amount of users is anything to go by. But the protection of personal
data is something to worry about and too many people ignore this until they suffer some digital theft, or other online misdemeanour.

Facebook itself seems to be burying its head in the sand over the privacy concerns so it is up to the individual to protect their information and make their social networking as safe as possible. By all means continue to enjoy everything that Facebook offers, just make sure you are keeping a lid on things
that do not concern prying eyes.

DJ. Offer, owner of the desktop Facebook chat software “Chit Chat” writes about privacy on Facebook. Chit Chat is a Facebook client designed to make it
easier to conveniently send Facebook messages whilst allowing you to use your browser for other activities

9 Comments

  1. PC Support says:

    Yes, it is very true that facebook is having some security problem now a days. So that for some days they are maintaining the server and change in some places due to security reasons. As the Facebook is vastly used community site so that as per my point of view it has to be resolved. :)

    By the way thanks for this nice information, Love to see more from you. :)

  2. The amount of privacy issues with FB seems to grow every day. Two years ago you never heard about it. Now you can’t go a day without hearing about it.

  3. This is FB’s weak point as others have pointing out and trying to take advantage of. Privacy and security is really one thing the Google+ was emphasizing. Though I still think that they provide an awesome cool website just that recently I also saw facial recognition, I was kind of alarmed with it.

  4. i thought you could just hit the not allow access, when the box pops up…if you want to deny these things on facebook….that is what i have been doing recently…well i have been doing that on facebook since the very start of this new world

  5. rozi says:

    will facebook chit chat change my privacy settings if i will open myaccount in it

  6. passigagan says:

    Thanks for this useful information about facebook apps…..
    i was pretry much frustrated from these

  7. Epic says:

    Very useful Information. Lot of people facing this problem. By reading this information they could know how to deny unwanted apps. All the users of Facebook will must read this information. Special Thanks For Posting This..

  8. grandt says:

    The problem with these applications is that we are prisoners of their conditions, like the policies of google.
    But, what can we do? nothing…

  9. mayank says:

    thanx for this awesome tutorial on this Facebook privacy and you know my 1st account was hacked .now thx for tut on the topic

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