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Facebook: Giving Out Profile Info to Apps

Written on January 18, 2011 by Japhet Writ

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Last Friday at 6:00 PM, Facebook rolled out new permissions that give applications access to individuals’ addresses and phone numbers. And it seems like there is no way to opt-out.

Last Friday, rolled out new permissions that enable applications to access a user’s phone number and address. So if you are using any , its access to your gets more personal than ever before. And as you can see, there’s no way to opt-out. For instance, you want to play FarmVille, you have to grant a permission to access your phone number and address. Otherwise, there’s no farming for you.

This can be a dilemma for all users since this new feature goes for all , including those that are malicious and opportunistic. App developers from this line can just grab as much data as they want, and sell them to third parties. With people trained to click-through this permission window, and with the new feature looks like nothing new, a question is raised: Is Facebook capitalizing in “everyone’s doing it ” mentality? The real answer is: When have they not?

Take note that with Facebook, some people uses their real name and information. Inexperienced social network users, like your grandparents or kids, are likely to put their address and phone number because the form fields are there. And if you are one of them, you can bet your privacy that you are already sharing your profile information to third parties. That being said, if you don’t want people to know it, do not share it online.

With Facebook’s new application feature, what can you do to prevent malicious developers from selling your dearest data? Share your answers by leaving a comment.

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