Facebook allows apps to access address and phone number

By on January 17, 2011
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Either Facebook loves to piss people off or just don’t quite give a damn. May be both, actually.

In a move that is sure to heighten privacy issues back again, Facebook now allows apps to access user address and phone numbers. The new ‘feature’ was introduced in a blog post by Facebook’s Jeff Bowen, where he outlined the new “user_address” and “user_mobile_phone” permissions which developers can leak info from.

”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,” he said.

Security veteran Graham Cluley has quickly panned the implementation, calling it a “new level of danger” for Facebook users.

”I realise that Facebook users will only have their personal information accessed if they “allow” the app to do so, but there are just too many attacks happening on a daily basis which trick users into doing precisely this,” he said.

”Shady app developers will find it easier than ever before to gather even more personal information from users. You can imagine, for instance, that bad guys could set up a rogue app that collects mobile phone numbers and then uses that information for the purposes of SMS spamming or sells on the data to cold-calling companies.”

Our only advice to users is too look at app’s permissions before hitting ‘allow’, a precaution not many of us take. Either that or you can follow Twitter user Chris Miller’s advice:

”Since Facebook will now let apps access your address & number, I have set my no. to 650-543-4800 (FB Customer Service),” wrote Chris Miller.


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    I am always shocked to see how many people actually fill in their telephone numbers! I have an Android phone and find it weird to see people’s number in my synced call list. If it is for business, ok, but otherwise, if you don’t want people to start calling you then just do add it.

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