Facebook apps now have access to your contact info
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.
| January 17, 2011; 1:24 PM ET
Categories: Facebook, Privacy, Social media
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