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Facebook apps leaking personal info from users, report says

NEW YORK (AP) - The Wall Street Journal is reporting that 10 popular Facebook applications have been transmitting users' personal identifying information to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies.

The newspaper said Monday that the breach also includes users who set all their information to be completely private. And in some cases, it says, the apps provided access to friends' names.

A Facebook spokesman told the Journal on Sunday that the company would introduce new technology to contain the breach. It's not clear how long the breach went on.

The paper says Facebook also has taken immediate action to disable all applications that violated their terms. Some of the apps include Mafia Wars and the very popular Farmville, the Wall St. Journal reported.

Most apps are made by independent software companies, not by Facebook.

Click here to see which apps are affected and to learn more about the problem.

Copyright 2010 WBTV. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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