If you mix the games Candy Land and Bejeweled, you have created the most recent popularity craze known as Candy Crush. Hosted by the largest social network in the world, Facebook, Candy Crush is widely available for all 7 billion people on this planet to enjoy. Making it 7 billion times easier for random strangers to get a hold of your personal information. Not so fun anymore is it? In an age run by technology and internet super highways, it’s crazy how with a click of a button someone can basically know everything about you and use that information without you knowing. A huge culprit of this public privacy on the web is Facebook. Kim Hart’s article, “A Flashy Facebook Page, At a Cost to Privacy”, proves that even engaging in an online game that revolves around candy doesn’t always offer such a sweet reward.
Hart’s article addresses the harmful side affects of “flashy” profile page. When she refers to the word flashy, she is pertaining to those Facebook friends who are involved with multiple widgets and/or applications on the social media site. These “mini-programs” allow for users to further enhance their page and serve as another vessel of interaction between them and their friends. However; Hart’s increased research has shown that when it comes to privacy, those tools cause more risks than guarantees. Facebook claims to be protecting its users based on all of the provisions provided on the website, but the true problem lies on the other side of the computer screen. Often times “developers are breaking the rules” without repercussions.
So what are you really agreeing to whenever you rush to click the agree button? You are agreeing to allow these applications to “have unnecessary access to private data”, a problem that “Facebook can not do anything about” because it then is in the hands of a third party. It is unfortunate, but while you are advancing around Candy Crush land protecting what’s yours, someone else is taking what’s really yours. It’s like stealing candy from a baby.