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Facebook To Encrypt Shared User Data

Social networking giant Facebook has announced plans to start encrypting all user data shared with third party applications.

Previously, The Wall Street Journal had reported that a number of popular Facebook applications were sharing confidential user information with online tracking websites.

The press report had prompted US politicians to write to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking him to give an explanation for this massive privacy breach.

Facebook said in a blog post that it would be rolling out encryption capabilities within a few weeks time, that will encrypt the data sent to third party applications, thereby preserving the privacy of users.

“Our plan is to enable parameter encryption as an option over the next few weeks and to then work with the community to add support for this option to the various Facebook SDKs. Once the design is finalised, we will work with our developers to ensure a speedy transition to encrypted parameters,” Facebook's Mike Vernal wrote on the blog.