Facebook gaming and privacy: What a long, strange trip it's been


Hopefully all of you are already aware of the unfortunate information the Wall Street Journal discovered on just what Facebook apps are doing with your "general" information. But if you're still under a rock -- which these days equates to not waking up with a smartphone next you -- it was revealed by the WSJ that top ranking Facebook apps and games like Zynga's FarmVille, Zynga Poker and FrontierVille have been providing web advertising companies and data banks your personal contact information to use for targeted ads.

Facebook posted a prompt (and slightly defensive) response, but the social network's track record won't exactly help them out on this one. Let's take a good, long look at how Facebook's changes over the years have slowly eroded your privacy before and while playing games on the social network.

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