Facebook removes developer access to user addresses and phone number

By on Jan 19, 2011 in Internet, Technology Comments

Due to recent numerous safety concerns, Facebook decided on Tuesday to remove access from developers from the addresses and phone numbers of it users.


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Earlier reports revealed that Facebook announced on its blog that developers can access users’ home address and mobile phone number via a request which users can approve.

However, security experts such as Sophos warned Facebook users to remove their address and phone numbers from their profile, since it is now very risky.

Apparently, this action of users to allow developers to access their personal information may put their accounts in danger, particularly from spammers and cyber criminals.

With that, a news announcement was made by Douglas Purdy on Facebook blog, stating that they are ‘making changes to help ensure users only share this information (address and phone number) when users 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.” Mr. Purdy said.

“We look forward to re-enabling this improved feature in the next few weeks.” The Facebook official added, in which this announcement has been acknowledged by Sophos and even provided a suggestion.

“The best solution would be to permit users to provide this data, via a dropdown or checkbox, when they choose to add an application, but it should not be required.” Chester Wisniewski wrote on Sophos‘ blog.

“Users who want the convenience that Facebook is offering should be able to choose to share their information, but those of us who are more security conscious should be able to opt out and elect to type it in when necessary.” Mr. Wisniewski added.



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