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Facebook Opens Up Home Addresses and Phone Numbers 459

An anonymous reader writes "Do you really want third-party app developers on Facebook to be able to access your mobile phone number and home address? Facebook has announced that developers of Facebook apps can now gather the personal contact information from their users. Security firm Sophos describes it as 'a move that could herald a new level of danger for Facebook users' and advises users to remove their home address and phone numbers from the network immediately."
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Facebook Opens Up Home Addresses and Phone Numbers

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  • YAY !! (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 16, 2011 @06:07PM (#34899580)

    I wanted this. Now to post when Ex is on vacation, and let THEM CLEAN HIM OUT !!

  • Duh? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 16, 2011 @06:12PM (#34899614)

    You would be FUCKING STUPID to put your home address and phone numbers on facebook at all..

    3rd party devs want access to people who are that stupid. they are worth money. alot of money.

    I don't see any issue here.

  • Another option (Score:5, Informative)

    by Ariastis ( 797888 ) on Sunday January 16, 2011 @06:15PM (#34899646)

    Easier option :

    Account - Privacy Settings - Apps and Websites (Bottom) - Turn off platform apps

    Bye bye Farmville / Cafe World / Fortune cookie notifications.

    Bye bye info sharing with ueseless apps.

    I have yet to find anything I miss from that pile of junk.

  • by SimonTheSoundMan ( 1012395 ) on Sunday January 16, 2011 @06:25PM (#34899718) Homepage

    It seem not jut your information, but also you friends.

    I noticed this for some apps:

    Access my friends' information
    Birthdays, Religious and political views, Family members and relationship statuses, Significant others and relationship details, Home towns, Current locations, Likes, music, TV, movies, books, quotes, Activities, Interests, Education history, Work history, Online presence, Websites, Groups, Events, Notes, Photos, Videos, Photos and videos of them, 'About me' details and Facebook statuses

    Why on earth would Facebook want to give this information to third parties, and worse to ones you have not given permission to, but your friend has.

  • and? (Score:5, Informative)

    by mayberry42 ( 1604077 ) on Sunday January 16, 2011 @06:25PM (#34899724)

    Troll me if you want, but, while i do find this appalling, i cant feel sympathetic to people who post up their personal, private information for their "friends" to see and then later become victims. There's no valid reason for people to put it up and just leaves them vulnerable to exploitation (see previous facebook slashdot story), especially if you're not required to post it (and if you were, use fake data). Someone wants your address? let them ask it you for it.They want to call you? let them ask you for your phone number in person. Or by private email. At the very least you'll have control over who gets it and who does not, rather than people you randomly friended over time and have no idea who they are (yes, it happens).

    I've kept my profile (almost) empty for over a year now - believe me when i say you won't miss your data not being up there for the world to see...

  • by Freaky Spook ( 811861 ) on Sunday January 16, 2011 @06:30PM (#34899754)

    It really is a gold mine for identity theft in the wrong hands.

    Most phone support for companies only need Phone number, address and DOB for an identity confirmation and all it takes is for someone to get access to someone's credit card account for them to be able to completely steal their identity for dodgy bankloans or being able to get drivers licenses/passports.

  • by Chucky_M ( 1708842 ) on Sunday January 16, 2011 @06:31PM (#34899762)

    Why is this modded funny?

    Because you are asking addicts to give up their crack and expecting them to say "oh ok sorry about that".

  • by Dunbal ( 464142 ) * on Sunday January 16, 2011 @06:33PM (#34899780)

    Reduction to the absurd is itself absurd. By shooting any woman who gets pregnant of course we can eliminate all of society's problems, including facebook "privacy", within 100 years. But exactly how useful is that as an argument?

  • Re:Duh? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 16, 2011 @06:52PM (#34899950)
    Mobile phone numbers are public? Since when?
  • Re:Duh? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 16, 2011 @07:17PM (#34900178)

    not to point the obvious, but he said MOBILE phone numbers.

  • OK... (Score:5, Informative)

    by WillyWanker ( 1502057 ) on Sunday January 16, 2011 @07:28PM (#34900248)
    OK, do we need to go over this again? Any information that you wouldn't write on a giant poster and hang up in a public place should NOT be in Facebook. Period.
  • Re:Nice! (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 16, 2011 @07:30PM (#34900262)

    Hopefully this will hurry along the end of Facebook, condemning it to live out its days with AOL and the like. It's truly an annoying entity since so many people use it, and so many people are dumb.

    Dumb people have an overwhelming need to feel special, important, and the center of attention. That's why they also like to create drama incidentally. Facebook is an absolute magnet for them. I will laugh with glee if they get stung by this. Hey, you *wanted* attention - now you got it, from Marketing!

    Idiots will always surrender precious, irreplacable things like privacy for a little temporary gratification. Gets 'em every time. Their failure to recognize and learn from the many, many mistakes of other idiots is why they remain such idiots, why it's not a temporary condition.

    This is totally different from things like driving or voting where idiots might cause suffering to non-idiots. For that I am grateful.

  • Re:Duh? (Score:5, Informative)

    by 0xDEAD ( 970695 ) on Sunday January 16, 2011 @07:59PM (#34900480)
    Not magically but legally different: []. It is illegal to cold call mobile numbers and Facebook should be held liable for any crimes committed by the selling of this information.
  • Really? (Score:3, Informative)

    by ( 745855 ) on Sunday January 16, 2011 @08:36PM (#34900710) Homepage

    I've spent the afternoon working with the Facebook API.

    As far as I can tell you can only get this information if the user specifically allows you access to it.

    If you have a sample of code that gets around this, please post.

    Otherwise, STFU.

  • Re:Duh? (Score:5, Informative)

    by twidarkling ( 1537077 ) on Sunday January 16, 2011 @09:15PM (#34900928)

    On my new phone, I put in my facebook account for shits 'n giggles, and my phone imported my friends list and all their contact data. I now have a couple dozen phone numbers for people that I was never given directly by the owner. When that happened, I just kinda shook my head in wonder. Now with this story, I'm damn glad I've got absolutely minimal information on my facebook account.

  • by sakdoctor ( 1087155 ) on Sunday January 16, 2011 @09:37PM (#34901052) Homepage

    If you aren't even a facebook user, you might want to add the antisocial subscription [] to adblock,
    since those little facebook icons are just as useless as the social bookmarking buttons of yore, but more viral.

  • by tkprit ( 8581 ) on Sunday January 16, 2011 @11:30PM (#34901588) Homepage

    Ya'll blame FB, but I think I'm tossing Google in the "bad guys" column for now because it was the GOOGLE phone book which, um, "raped" my FB friends' accounts without asking. (Wait for it:)

    New android phone yesterday (HTC Incred., Froya build, not rooted yet), I sign in with Google which is okay (or *was*). That shit knew one of my facebooks! Asked me to log in; I didn't. I went online with laptop to Google Accounts, and it's got some "suggestions" of FB and other accounts that MAY be mine. (I'm still considering major deletion of Google incl. Gmail, plus FB; not sure what to do).

    Today I use the HTC Facebook app and log in, thinking it was separate from the Android, but I guess FB can "talk to" Google apps? — and my PHONE CONTACTS list was suddenly, um, ENHANCED. Noted, some phone contacts I had addresses and other info (not birthdays, etc), but now my phone contacts are all LINKED to their facebook accounts, and I've got phone contacts I didn't have before.

    Noted, I haven't had much time to investigate this, because I feel like I've RAPED my FB friends. (I'm ACTIVELY working on this w/ my most paranoid friends first.)

    I never put my private stuff on FB accts, EVER, even the 'real' emergency FB acct one with only a few family members as friends — they KNOW how to contact me. And my phone number hasn't [yet?] been added to FB. But now, my Android phone book contacts include FB frends that weren't on my phone originally, and my phone contacts have more information (their FB stuff, I guess) that I didn't enter on my own.

    Now maybe it is the FB app (which came with the Android phone) that allowed for this; or user error (I'm new to Android); but I'm messaging the affected FB friends that either they remove what they don't want public, or adjust the privacy settings. My BEST advice is what I read above: delete FB. I'm contacting Verizon tomorrow with some complaints about privacy; even if FB puts it out, their android phones with pre-installed apps like FB shouldn't grab it (esp not without my express approval).

  • by arkhan_jg ( 618674 ) on Monday January 17, 2011 @04:16AM (#34902634)

    Android only grabs information your friends have already made available to you. You can go any view any of those phone numbers manually on when you're logged in. You're correct to warn friends that they are publishing a phone number, if you know they wouldn't want it published. This isn't android's fault though, it's just collecting the information your friends have made available to you on facebook.

    Google 'knows' about your facebook account because you're presumably putting some information on your public profile; it looks at facebook account names, compares them to your google account name, and takes a guess at a match. It's trying to be helpful! I find adding facebook data to my phone quite handy, as there's contacts on there (with say, email addresses) that update their information when it changes, I don't have to update it manually my end. It also syncs with the calendar for birthdays, etc.

    Note - it's a one way sync. Android (and google) don't put any of your google contacts into facebook. They just pull information from your logged in account to combine with your phone contacts. It doesn't copy any of it to your google contacts or phone contacts, it keeps them separate. It does auto show facebook contacts and google/phone contacts together when they have the same name. You can turn *that* off under the contacts settings, and you'll see them as entirely separate lists.

    If you want to turn off the facebook integration, just goto settings/accounts and remove the facebook sync account you have there. That's what's linking your phone to facebook.

    I don't know about the HTC app, but the samsung one that came with my phone uses the underlying android facebook sync. So when you logged into the facebook app, you gave it permission to well, connect to your facebook profile. Facebook do have their own official app and widget in the android market - IIRC, it does also autosync with contacts and calendar, but you can turn that off and still use the app.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 17, 2011 @05:38AM (#34902900)

    After a while I moved onto Grammar Nazism


    I could of kept going

    You're an illiterate asshole.

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