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Posted at 1:24 PM ET, 01/17/2011

Facebook apps now have access to your contact info

By Hayley Tsukayama

On Friday night, Facebook announced that user addresses and mobile phone numbers would be available to application developers.

Users must expressly grant applications the right to the information via the standard permissions dialogue. Facebook said the new changes do not provide access to a user's friends' addresses or mobile phone numbers.

This could be a major privacy issue, Internet security firm Sophos said in a blog post. Even though users have to authorize applications to let the third-party companies see addresses and phone numbers, the firm points out that the new changes will make it easier for rogue applications to gain access to the information.

"You have to ask yourself," Sophos said in the post, "is Facebook putting the safety of its 500+ million users as a top priority with this move?"

The firm advises everyone to remove their home addresses and mobile phone numbers from Facebook.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 17, 2011; 1:24 PM ET
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Comments

So, now it starts. With the new acquisition of Facebook from Goldman Sachs it was only a matter of time before privacy issues would come up. This is why people that use these media sites strictly inhibit others from gaining personal information, ie: DOB, hometown, etc.

Posted by: 1hyplady | January 17, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I recently read a comment from someone on some forum that summed up the relationship between humans and Facebook (or any other allegedly free internet service) very nicely...

You aren't their customer, you're their inventory.

Posted by: bill-in-nm | January 17, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

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