New privacy concerns for Facebook over phone numbers, addresses


Jacqui Cheng
Ars Technica
january 17, 2011

If you you aren’t already paranoid enough to remove your address and cell phone number from Facebook, today might be the day. Facebook has decided to give its third-party app developers API access to users’ address and phone numbers as they collectively get more involved in the mobile space, but privacy experts are already warning that such a move could put Facebook users at risk.

In its Developer Blog post, Facebook noted that developers will only be able to access an individual user’s address and phone number—not the info of his or her friends. Additionally, those who want to be able to use that data will have to be individually approved by the users themselves, and those developers must take special care to adhere to Facebook’s Platform Policies, which forbid them from misleading or spamming users.

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