Most Used Words on Facebook App Scam Alert

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Most used words app is a privacy nightmare. There were over 17 million Facebook users that installed the app “Most Used Words”. It’s a wordcloud Facebook app that will post the most words you’ve used on your timeline as a cloud image.

The app takes all of the posts from 2015 and is harvesting your personal information which includes:

    • Name, profile picture, age, sex, birthday, and other public info
    • Entire friend list
    • Everything you’ve ever posted on your timeline
    • All of your photos and photos you’re tagged in
    • Education history
    • Hometown and current city
    • Everything you’ve ever liked
    • IP address ( this is the really scary part)
    • Info about the device you’re using including browser and language (another really scary insight)

This app’s policy is to gather this information and it can be stored on servers at any location around the world. This means that your personal data likely does not have the same privacy protections that we have in Canada or the U.S. because the information can be stored on a server in another country which does not have the same privacy laws as we do.

More bad news? The privacy policy says Vonvon, the creator of the app, can use “any non-personally-identifying information” provided by the user even after deleting the app.

[…] you acknowledge and agree that We may continue to use any non-personally-identifying information in accordance with this Privacy Policy (e.g., for the purpose of analysis, statistics and the like) also after the termination of your membership to this WebSite and\or use of our services, for any reason whatsoever.

Vonvon can also sell your data to another company. What’s the workaround? This line in their privacy policy:

[…] We do not share your Personal Information with third parties unless We have received your permission to do so, or given you notice thereof (such as by telling you about it in this Privacy Policy) […]

How can you protect you data after you’ve already approved the app?  

How to remove the Vonvon app. 

Go to your Facebook settings > apps> look for Vonvon and on the right hand side of that app, mouse over to the left of the app and an x will appear. Click the X to delete the app.

If you have the “word cloud” on your Facebook because you’ve used it, delete the post so other Facebook users don’t try it because they saw your post.

Remember to read the entire terms of any app you use and make sure you understand their privacy policy before you click it or download it.

We have all fallen for apps that are available, we get excited about what an app can do.  Apps are counting on that excitement.

 

 

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