Mark Milian reviewed both products for CNN, stressing the amount of information that gets shared behind-the-scenes when Facebook users install apps, like company pages, or use their Facebook logins or Facebook Connect to access third-party pages.
He added that offerings including Social Monitor and Disconnect can simplify the process of protecting user data, eliminating the need for users to dig through Facebook privacy settings.
Unsubscribe.com launched the web-browser extension Social Monitor yesterday; it examines applications that are connected to users’ accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and displays information on their threat levels and reputations when it comes to protecting data privacy.
Unsubscribe.com CEO James Siminoff told Milian his company attempted to contact the companies responsible for thousands of Facebook apps and were unable to reach several, adding:
As for Disconnect, the Web-browser extension blocks Facebook, Twitter, and Google from collecting users’ browsing histories, and Milian reported that the company has incorporated since he first profiled it in December.
Readers: How concerned are you about companies and third-party app providers accessing your personal data from Facebook?