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ACLU of Northern California Asks: What Do Facebook Quizzes Know About You?

If you’re on Facebook and have taken a quiz such as, “Which REO Speedwagon song are you?” or “Which Sanford & Son character are you?,” you probably don’t see any harm in them, but the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California begs to differ.

The ACLU of Northern California launched a Facebook quiz of its own, “What Do Facebook Quizzes Know About You?,” to caution users of the social-networking service on how many Facebook quizzes can release user data including religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, photos, events, notes, wall posts and groups, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The group told the Mercury News more than 8,000 Facebook users have taken the quiz since it was released earlier this week, and it suggested that the social-networking site “change default privacy settings so that quizzes and other third-party applications run by a user’s friends do not have access to the information on a user’s profile without the user’s opt-in consent.”

Facebook responded that it has been actively policing its service, disabling hundreds of applications, including some quizzes, that were found to be inconsistent with its policies, the Mercury News reported. Facebook director of policy communications Barry Schnitt told the newspaper, “We generally agree with their recommendations and have already made public announcements about relevant changes that are under way.”

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