Facebook rethinks data-share option

Facebook rethinks data-share option

Summary: Facebook has temporarily disabled a developer option that could have resulted in the disclosure of personal information.The social networking site said in blog on Tuesday that it was rethinking an option that would have allowed developers of Facebook apps to gather contact information, including home addresses and mobile phone numbers.

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Facebook has temporarily disabled a developer option that could have resulted in the disclosure of personal information.

The social networking site said in blog on Tuesday that it was rethinking an option that would have allowed developers of Facebook apps to gather contact information, including home addresses and mobile phone numbers.

"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," Facebook said in a blog post. "We agree, and we are making changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so. We'll be working to launch these updates as soon as possible, and will be temporarily disabling this feature until those changes are ready."

Security company Sophos said on Tuesday that users may ignore alerts about data sharing, and may still unintentionally share information.

"While Facebook does alert users to the fact that this information will be shared with others, warning prompts and other pop-ups are so frequent that they are frequently ignored," Sophos senior security adviser Chester Wisniewski said in a blog post. "Users still place a great deal of trust in Facebook, and the service has an obligation to live up to that expectation."

Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley originally blogged about the issue on Monday.

Topic: Security

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