At the same f8 conference, which is aimed at developers and entrepreneurs, Zuckerberg also announced that Facebook was doing away with restrictions on user data retention within Facebook applications, which previously required that developers not store and cache any data for more than 24 hours. This means many application developers will now save information about users locally in their data base for an undetermined amount of time, said Tyson. And if an application's data base is compromised, that hacker will now have access to a lot of user information, he said.
Tyson said while he agrees Facebook's new requirement to obtain consent with a clearer explanation of what data is being accessed by an application, he doubts the average user gets it.
"I don't think people realize how much information is being passed around," said Tyson." I don't think people know that in all of these games and quizzes and apps they have approved that in doing so they are sharing a lot of information that is being stored somewhere else."