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I have always been vaguely conscious of my privacy settings in Facebook. When they made a well publicised change at the end of 2009 I set all of them to “Friends Only” apart from “Send me a message” which remains on “Everyone” so that I can be contacted by people who think that they know me.

After reading a piece about another change announced yesterday at the Facebook Developers’ Conference I realised how much the applications that I use can access my data too. Consequently I have removed all bar one, Diplomacy, which will go as soon as my current game is finished. I suggest that you do the same.

This is a guide to managing your privacy after the Dec 2009 change.

This article explains the latest change and how to remove applications with unwanted permissions and this one is largely about the same thing but towards the end points out another issue and what to do about it.