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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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RE: Why you can't trust FB with naked pictures
By Suntan on 1/17/2011 3:03:26 PM , Rating: 3
Either way, your private info is screwed

Its not "private" information if you type it into facebook.

Honestly though, why does anyone have a compelling need to put their phone number or address on facebook? If you don't have my phone number already, there's probably a reason for that.


By Iaiken on 1/17/2011 4:11:11 PM , Rating: 1
Its not "private" information if you type it into facebook.


Hell, this is a lesson most people should have learned in grade school. If you don't want Zucky to give some psycho stalker your home phone number, don't tell Zucky in the first place.

Companies change their privacy policies all the time and you can suddenly find that everyone knows about your 80+ hours/week Warcraft playtimes because blizzard linked your real ID to your FB account. Didn't get that job interview because the potential employer was concerned about you spending more time on warcraft than on work, too bad, Blizzard and FB needed the multilevel marketing more than you needed that job. :P


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