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Third-party devs temporarily barred from addresses, mobile phone numbers. Facebook has suspended plans to enable third-party application developers to request users' geographical addresses and mobile phone numbers. The plans were announced on Saturday on the social network's developer blog, which included instructions for requesting users' permission to access their contact information. Because the data was deemed "sensitive information", Facebook required third party application developers to obtain users' permissions via the site's standard dialogues.
According to Facebook's platform policies, developers could only request data that was required to run their applications. A spokesman for the site said the change would help "to make applications built on Facebook more useful and efficient", but it raised privacy concerns with organisations like Electronic Frontiers Australia and Sophos. EFA acknowledged that legitimate uses for users' addresses and phone numbers could include the delivery of goods, coordinating local social networks and SMS notifications of important events of interest to the user. But "illegitimate users are out there as well," EFA chair Colin Jacobs wrote, highlighting the potential use of such information for junk mail, spam SMS, bill collectors, thieves and stalkers. Noting that Facebook apps did not go under strict quality control processes, Jacobs warned that users could be tricked into granting permissions to "dodgier operators".
Originally posted by okamitengu
even AFTER deletion it is still stored somewhere, as a stupid APP just proved recently.
use it for what it is. a new fad for marketing.
otherwise WATCH YOUR facebook BACK
Originally posted by JustSomeGuy74
reply to post by totalmetal
I used to live with this level of paranoia, until I realized, as an individual, I probably wasn't interesting enough to warrant any kind of surveillance, nor was I in any kind of position to make changes in the world. Anyone with any kind of "pull" in this world, can find out everything about you. You don't have the resources, to properly safeguard your digital self. Maybe it's time you were asking yourself, what exactly it is you're doing with your life, to rationalize the need for such guarded privacy(secrecy). Maybe you genuinely require it. Just a thought.
Originally posted by hotbakedtater
Why are people storing this kind of information on Facebook? No where do I have my address or phone number on my page. This is much ado about nothing.