Robert_Charlton - 8:44 am on Oct 8, 2010 (gmt 0)
Generally, when I click the "F" next to an article I want to Recommend on Facebook, I don't encounter a major contract. On several occasions when I've wanted to recommend a New York Times article, though, I've been presented with the following, which, on the surface, anyway, seems forbidding....
Request for Permission
The New York Times is requesting permission to do the following:
Access my basic information
Includes name, profile picture, gender, networks, user ID, list of friends, and any other information I've shared with everyone..
Send me email
Which address would you like to use?
- Facebook Contact Email
- An Anonymous email address
Access my data any time
The New York Times may access my data when I'm not using the application.
Access my profile information
Likes, Music, TV, Movies, Books, Quotes, About Me, Interests, Groups, Birthday, Hometown, Current City, Website, Education History and Work History
a) whether the Times is simply being more thorough and up front than other publishers, and that this is the access everyone is getting... but that they unfortunately chose a lawyer to write their notice....
b) whether the Times actually wants more access... perhaps to target my Friends for their advertising (which actually might be an improvement over what ads they're seeing now).
In my case, I haven't shared my list of Friends with Everyone, just with my Friends, so I don't know whether in fact the Times would be getting anything private from me. (Maybe I need to hire a lawyer to tell me that. ;) )
I assume they want access to my photo, eg, just to run it on Facebook with my Comments, just like all my other Comments... and my email just to alert me that someone has commented on my post, etc etc....
I'm also wondering whether this kind of request is so daunting that it drives referrers away. It's so far caused me to back off from recommending anything from the Times. Is this the way to do it, or not to do it?