Facebook Policy Change Lets Apps Ask for Your Phone Number, Address

Paul Lilly

Heed this warning, privacy advocates: Facebook apps are now allowed to request access to your phone number and address, Facebook developer Jeff Bowen announced .

"We are now making a user's address and mobile phone number accessible as part of the User Graph object," Bowen said. "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."

The announcement drew immediate criticism from users, who posted their concerns in the comments section below the announcement.

"Before you even consider implementing this very intrusive feature, Facebook needs to stop the scammers from making rogue applications and scamming people," Facebook user Tony Mazan wrote.

The general consensus seems to be that there are few, if any, reasons why a developer would truly need this information, making the risk far outweigh the reward.

What are your thoughts on this policy change?

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