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Facebook Lets Developers Have Access To User Address and Phone Numbers

     

engine

6:26 pm on Jan 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Facebook Lets Developers Have Access To User Address and Phone Numbers [developers.facebook.com]
We are now making a userís address and mobile phone number accessible as part of the User Graph object. Because this is sensitive information, we have created the new user_address and user_mobile_phone permissions. These permissions must be explicitly granted to your application by the user via our standard permissions dialogs. Please note that these permissions only provide access to a userís address and mobile phone number, not their friend's addresses or mobile phone numbers.

wheel

7:36 pm on Jan 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

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See? I was wrong! They have found a way to make money.

engine

10:29 am on Jan 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Facebook react to the 'feedback' and temporarily disable the feature.
[developers.facebook.com]

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. Weíll 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.



Why is it that every time Facebook do something like this it's not carefully thought through.

johnnie

11:12 am on Jan 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Why is it that every time Facebook do something like this it's not carefully thought through.


You have to cut them some slack. They are working with huge amounts of very sensitive data across many different countries and jurisdictions. The complexities are daunting, so a minor slip can have huge implications.

Karma

11:27 am on Jan 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I think they think things through, they're just seeing what they can get away with by judging the general reaction.

OddDog

3:13 pm on Jan 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I think its a great idea.

As a website that offers facebook connect, I can know really cut done on the online form fields ... and the phone number is a key data set for a load of clientes.

J_RaD

3:16 pm on Jan 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I think they think things through, they're just seeing what they can get away with by judging the general reaction

yep it really does seem like they make changes, wait to see what happens...then adjust accordingly.

maximillianos

4:03 pm on Jan 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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yep it really does seem like they make changes, wait to see what happens...then adjust accordingly.


That is how I roll. =)

aspdaddy

4:23 pm on Jan 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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See? I was wrong! They have found a way to make money.


A bit late to suspend it after all those that need it have extracted it. I would have more respect for facebook if they just added a "Buy Member data" button like on Yell - at least we would all know where we stand.

wheel

6:06 pm on Jan 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Aspdaddy, we do know where we stand :).

Thank goodness I'm not on facebook. If facebook wants to know about me, then can ask Google.

Speaking of which, how much revenue does Google have to lose from adwords before selling user data becomes a viable business model for them?

Demaestro

7:24 pm on Jan 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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If facebook wants to know about me, then can ask Google.


lawls

I find it interesting that facebook says if you don't want to share this info then you can change your privacy settings to not share.....

Why don't they tell people they don't have to enter a real phone number and address or any phone number or address for that matter when they create their account?

My advise.... don't fill out any fields with real info about yourself that you don't want shared.. then you don't need to configure your privacy settings.

Nothing wrong with lving at 123 example street and you can call me at 555.555.5555

albo

7:32 pm on Jan 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Aw, Demaestro, and I thought we'd be neighbors. But I'm at 1234 5th St. at 987.654.3210 if you wanna call.

chicagohh

9:48 pm on Jan 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I wonder how many people use: 867-5309

acemi

6:27 am on Jan 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I wonder how many people use: 867-5309


Probably only Jenny

moheybee

7:34 am on Jan 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I totally sang those numbers :)
 

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