Facebook is looking to address the way it allows developers to handle user information, after a recently discovered security issue.
Facebook engineer Mike Vernal said in a blog post that Facebook will begin using encryption tools to handle user ID information within third-party applications.
The move follows the discovery by researchers that certain applications had been inadvertently leaking information to advertisers which revealed user ID information.
Vernal claimed that the issue had been "greatly exaggerated" in press reports, and that developers have been able to remedy the issue on their own.
"In the last few days since this issue was reported, some of our developers started using techniques like redirects or 'double framing' to remove user IDs from the URL," he said.
"While applications are able to address this issue on their own, we wanted to find a solution that would address this issue for all applications on Facebook Platform."
Vernal said that the company hopes to add the option for encryption over the next few weeks, with integration into Facebook SDKs to follow.
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