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Facebook RFP window with new feature  (Source: The Atlantic)
Users fear rogue apps will steal their personal informaiton

Facebook is the hottest destination for social networking online. However, users need to be aware of a new feature Facebook implemented last Friday that will allow applications access to your phone number and your physical address.

The new feature requires the user to specifically give applications the ability to access the address and mobile phone number information, but many Facebook users fear rogue apps will gain access to the information and use it for reasons other than what they expect. The new feature shows up on the Request for Permission window that pops up and it has a new area that says, "Access my contact information."

If you choose “Allow”, you will let the apps access key privacy information. On the legitimate developer side, the information can be used to allow the user to buy things and have them shipped without having to type in their address for example. However, the downside is that a rogue app could possibly get the details and sell them to marketing companies meaning more junk mail in your real mailbox and sales calls on your mobile.

Facebook's Jeff Bower wrote on the Facebook Dev Blog, "We are now making a user's address and mobile phone number accessible as part of the User Graph object. Because this is sensitive information, we have created the new user_address and user_mobile_phone permissions. These permissions must be explicitly granted to your application by the user via our standard permissions dialogs."

Facebook users posted comments to the developer blog such as "Before you even consider implementing this very intrusive feature, Facebook needs to stop the scammers from making rogue applications and scamming people."

Graham Cluley from Sophos is calling for Facebook users to remove their physical address and phone number from the social network.

Facebook continues to grow at a very fast pace. The company had the most visits of any website for October-November 2010. In addition, The Social Network, a movie about the origins of Facebook, received four Golden Globe awards last night.

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Glad I don't use real info on FB then...
By callmeroy on 1/17/2011 11:24:17 AM , Rating: 4
One of the reasons my comments on these FB stories is so smug is because for me its like the stories are confirming a "I told you so" kind of attitude. I tell friends and family all the time "whatch what you put on FB!"....

Glad my FB account uses mostly fake information.

RE: Glad I don't use real info on FB then...
By messyunkempt on 1/17/2011 12:55:01 PM , Rating: 4
Glad my FB account uses mostly fake information.

Doesnt that kind of defeat the whole point of the site? If you aren't comfortable with your details being on there then just ommit the ones you don't want to be public. Or maybe just think that if you're really so uncomfortable you put fake details on then maybe 'social networking' isn't for you...

By Da W on 1/17/2011 1:56:50 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you post your adress and phone number on a website and NOT wanting anybody to have access to it???

My windows phone has access to these contact info already. And i can tell you, only 2 or 3 of my friends posted it.

By Flunk on 1/17/2011 5:02:09 PM , Rating: 3
That really does defeat the point, my Facebook account only has accurate information but only that which I wouldn't mind posted on the side of a building 50 stories high.

Neutral opinions (E.G. I like Salsa dancing), safe photos, filtered email address and the like. It's possible to use Facebook as a tool, without it owning you.

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