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'Most used words' Facebook app a privacy headache

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A popular Facebook app that promises to show users their most-used words is a privacy nightmare, according to one tech website.

Comparitech said the quiz, which has garnered 16 million shares in a matter of days, collects data from Facebook accounts.

The site said the quiz's maker, Vonvon, takes a user's name, profile picture, age, sex, birthday and other public information. It also scopes out the friends list, timeline posts, tagged photos, education history, hometown and current city, things the user has "liked," the user's IP address and information about used devices.

Comparitech said for those who already used the app, there's no going back. 

Vonvon has already taken the information and potentially stored it in countries without strong privacy laws.

The site said Vonvon is free to sell that data to anyone it wants for a profit. Its privacy notice does state that it will not share personal information with third parties without permission. However, Comparitech said just by using the quiz a person has given that permission because it believes the user read the privacy policy.

Comparitech said as a result, companies the user never heard of have access to their entire Facebook profile.

Vonvon responded to Comparitech.

"We only use your information to generate your results, and we never store it for other purposes," said Jonghwa Kim, the CEO of Vonvon, Inc.

The site said the best way for people to protect themselves is to simply avoid the quiz. It goes a step further to advise that users avoid quizzes that require Facebook authentication altogether.

To learn more about the potential risks of the quiz and to see Vonvon's complete response, click here.

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