Facebook Now Shares Phone Number & Address With Third-Party Apps

“Because this is sensitive information,” reads the announcement, “[…]permissions must be explicitly granted to your application by the user via our standard permissions dialogs.” Take a look at the example permission dialogs box, however, and tell us if you think this is enough.


As All Facebook points out, there is very little here to call attention to the fact that Facebook would now be sharing something that it previously did not share. In this particular dialog box, it’s only one of two items, but many similar boxes contain more. “[Users] probably won’t notice the addition of the words ‘current address and mobile phone number’ to the text, and likely click ‘allow’ without noticing that they’re actually granting more access than ever before,” writes Jackie Cohen for All Facebook.

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