Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Facebook users advised to remove personal details after developers granted access to phone numbers and addresses
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It's the flip-side of enjoying instant communication with your friends.
Facebook has courted a fresh privacy row by allowing developers of apps access to sensitive information including telephone numbers and addresses.
The social networking site announced the change on its blog, saying: 'We are now making a user's address and mobile phone number accessible.'
Internet security analysts and privacy experts are now advising people to remove their phone numbers and addresses from the site.
Privacy row: Facebook has courted new controversy by allowing app developers access to sensitive information including telephone numbers and addresses
While Facebook users must grant individual applications permission to access their details, it is likely that many who have clicked their approval plenty of times before will not notice the change in terms.
They will pass on their contact details unknowingly, leaving them more vulnerable to becoming victims of spam, it is feared.
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