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Facebook sent some user data to advertisers

Facebook's privacy policy promises, in no uncertain terms, that it doesn't "share your information with advertisers without your consent."

Facebook's privacy policy promises, in no uncertain terms, that it doesn't "share your information with advertisers without your consent." Only "non-personally identifiable" data, it says, are shared.

But the social-networking site confirmed late Thursday that it has, at least in some circumstances, sent the user name of a Facebook member to its advertising partners. That can be used to glean a person's name, interests, and list of friends.

A Facebook spokesman told CNET that the apparent privacy leak has been fixed.

For more on this story, read Facebook sent some user data to advertisers on CNET News.