Facebook gives developers access to users' home addresses2011-01-17 10:38 by Daniela
Tags: Facebook, security
Facebook has, rather quietly, moved to allow developers to access users' home addresses and mobile phone numbers.
It announced on its developers' blog over the weekend that the information will be accessible as part of the User Graph object, where users have given permission.
"Please note that these permissions only provide access to a user's address and mobile phone number, not their friend's addresses or mobile phone numbers," it says.
However, there's concern that many users will simply click 'allow' without noticing the difference or realising the implications. In any case, says Graham Cluley of security firm Sophos, it's simply another tool for fraudsters to exploit.
"I realise that Facebook users will only have their personal information accessed if they 'allow' the app to do so, but there are just too many attacks happening on a daily basis which trick users into doing precisely this," he says.
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