Facebook Now Giving Your Phone Number and Address to App Developers [UPDATED]

I mentioned this the other day in passing, but Facebook is now allowing app developers to grab your phone number and address.


We are now making a user’s 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.

You still must grant them access, but I would guess that most users don’t take the time to read what they are granting apps access to. There is very limited need for apps to get this data — other than for marketing purposes. Time to “not allow” these apps to grab this data.

[Updated: 1.18.11 at 1:11 PM]

The Atlantic is now reporting that Facebook has temporarily suspended this — who knows when it will start back up.


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