Tuesday, January 18, 2011

No More Phone and Address Sharing for Facebook Apps for Now

Facebook recently made a decision that bashed by critics due to the possible risk on users' privacy and security. Facebook allowed application developers, particularly the app itself, to get access to users phone numbers and addresses when users grant permission to the application.

Many Facebook users often grant all the permissions the app asks, as they are usually not aware of possible risks or simply because that’s the only way they can use the app – Grant Permission!

Imagine you can’t play everybody’s favorite Farmville because it’s asking for your contact info and your hesitant to give your details. Yeah for sure will end up granting Farmville the permission it requires. But do you know how will Zynga use your phone and address details? How risky!

This certainly a big threat on users privacy. So Facebook was forced to halt this feature for now due to numerous protests with their decision.

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