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Symantec reports accidental leaks of personal info to 3rd party apps by facebook.

Symantec, makers of security softwares for computer had said in their blog that the personal info from Facebook users' could have been accidentally leaked to third parties, in particular advertisers, over the past few years.

Third-parties would have had access to personal information such as profiles, photographs and chat, and could have had the ability to post messages, Symantec's web blog said.

"We estimate that as of April 2011, close to 100,000 applications were enabling this leakage," the blog post said.

" ... Over the years, hundreds of thousands of applications may have inadvertently leaked millions of access tokens to third parties," posing a security threat, the blog said.

Facebook was notified of this issue and has confirmed the leakage, the post said.

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