The social networking site Facebook has courted a fresh privacy row, when Facebook announced that it had expanded the information users are able to share with external websites and applications, to include home addresses and mobile phone numbers.
On Friday night at exactly 9:00 p.m. Jeff Bowen posted a new entry on the Facebook Developer blog, that it would give developers of applications access to the contact information of users who install their apps. “These permissions must be explicitly granted to your application by the user via our standard permissions dialogs,” Facebook’s Jeff Bowen said. “Please note that these permissions only provide access to a user’s address and mobile phone number, not their friend’s addresses or mobile phone numbers.”
This morning, Facebook’s Douglas Purdy, announced that it has temporarily disabled the sharing feature, looking to relaunch it in the next few weeks after making some changes.
“On Friday, we expanded the information you are able to share with external websites and applications to include your address and mobile number. With this change, you could, for example, easily share your address and mobile phone with a shopping site to streamline the checkout process, or sign up for up-to-the-minute alerts on special deals directly to your mobile phone.
As with the other information you share through our permissions process, you need to explicitly choose to share this data before any application or website can access it, and you can not share your friends’ address or mobile number with applications. Also, like other data you make available to third party apps and websites, you can always clearly see and control the ways your information is being used in the Application Dashboard.
Over the weekend, we got some useful feedback that we could make people more clearly aware of when they are granting access to this data. We agree, and we are making changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so. We’ll be working to launch these updates as soon as possible, and will be temporarily disabling this feature until those changes are ready. We look forward to re-enabling this improved feature in the next few weeks.”
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