Facebook App Reveals Addresses, Phone Numbers
Did you read “1984” by George Orwell? Is this Big Brother?
Facebook wants your address and phone number now with third-party apps.
In what is potentially another privacy misstep, Facebook has made a change to a permissions dialog box users see when downloading third-party Facebook apps–a change that potentially makes users’ addresses and phone numbers available to app developers.
The tweak was made known to developers of third-party apps Friday night, by way of a post on the Facebook Developer Blog. Basically, when a person starts downloading a third-party Facebook app, a Request for Permission dialog box appears that asks for access to basic information including the downloader’s name, profile picture, gender, user ID, list of friends, and more. What’s new as of Friday is an additional section that asks for access to the downloader’s current address and mobile-phone number.
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