According to CNET, social networking site Facebook has changed a permissions dialog box users see when downloading third-party Facebook apps. This change potentially makes users’ addresses and phone numbers.
When a user downloads a third-party Facebook app, a Request for Permission dialog box appears, asking for access to basic information, including the downloader’s name, profile picture, gender, user ID, list of friends, and more. Facebook has now added an additional section that asks for access to the user’s current address and mobile phone number.
Privacy advocates are concerned that people won’t notice the change and will click the dialog box’s Allow button unthinkingly. This creates opportunities for unscrupulous developers to create bogus apps designed to capture private information. Aside from the potential for outright hacking and identity theft, developers could also sell information on Facebook users to data brokers.
Users of third-party Facebook apps can simply click the Don’t Allow button–which reportedly won’t interfere with a successful download–or they can remove their address and phone number from their Facebook profile.
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