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Saturday, January 15, 2011

URGENT !!!! Beware Facebook Users !!!!



Well, I have been telling you all for months now that Facebook was becoming more of a Data collection site than a social network, well now this should prove it. 


As you know, Facebook had that issue with 3rd party apps selling information of the users who use their applications and were very slow to react to or do any thing about it to protect its users. I even wrote a column on it for Examiner.com, where I cover the social media. Here is the story I wrote back when the big app issue came out back in November  Facebook Gives Out To Much Data To Apps, No Wonder Why They Sell It  Well now, just when you thought that issue was over they come out with this.


They are now allowing applications, you approve to use to get your current address & MOBILE phone number. Now, you tell me if they are a social site or a Data collection site !!! 


This is completely unacceptable and I know, I for one, will not be allowing any new applications on Facebook anymore. I knew this day would come. There is no reason any application needs to access your current address and MOBILE phone number for anything, period. Now you know why they were busting our chops about us giving them our MOBILE phone number. 


I suggest we all go and comment on the blog and email Facebook, I suggest the Legal Dept is the place to send your emails to, as they seem to act the fastest and this is the email legal@fb.com and let them know of our displeasure to try and stop this ASAP. If we can get them to not allow this to happen then our personal information will be safe from scam apps and all the other app. 


Facebook currently has over 500 Million users and they haven't proven to anyone, especially government agencies around the world that they can properly safe guard our information and they even admit that they have no control over what these applications nor accept any responsibilities of what they do. This they told to CONGRESS .back in October when they were questioned by them.  http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/10/19/congress-sends-message-facebook-privacy/


So it's up to us the users to tell them what we think about this. Facebook's record on privacy is absolutely horrible and they dont really seem to care or want to really do anything about it despite repeated requests by worldwide governments, advocacy groups but more importantly us the users. So sharpen your pencils and get to work everyone before it is too late. 


I am reprinting this from The Facebook Developers Blog. Click here to see it yourself. 


Platform Updates: New User Object fields, Edge.remove Event and More

User Address and Mobile Phone Number
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.
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.
You can request these permissions our SDKs (JavaScript SDK below):

44 comments:

  1. This is F.B not INTELLIOUS [ a pay search site hat gives addresses ,phone numbers p.o boxes cells ect ] ,these practices are unethical ,and immoral .and I'm sure also illegal as this IS NOT openly a search site . and gathering information without your knowledge or consent is basically identity theft ,they may as well go through your perverbial trash can and find your mail and bills you discarded ,its the very same principle ,and THAT is illegal ,even the police need a warrant to do that at your residence . your profile and its contents are your cyber residence ,making a profit off selling your info without your knowledge ,baiting you into giving more information [to sell ] is disgusting and needs to be stopped ,with the past and present FB actions I believe FB users should contemplate seriously a class action lawsuit ...

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  2. Just sent an email to their legal department, letting them know how worrying I think their behaviour, and how they break their own rules, is.

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  3. My Email has been SENT!!!
    Thanks again John as this is to far!!
    Gina with {AFW}

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  4. don't give a rotten smelly socks or panties what Zynga or face-book gives away
    I play MW and my account is a sub-account when I fed up with both I shut my email and face book and hell to zynga all together.

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  5. Well I think we need to start a campaign to stop this and nip it in the bud..

    First every Facebook user needs to change their address to
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    and Phone number to 202-456-1414

    We can let the White House get all the spam snail mail and all the phone calls...

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  6. Facebook started out seeming to be a good idea ...now it has reared its real intent and the ugly thing that it always was a for profit information collection site that sells out information and privacy.....damn a__ holes.....you guys are nothing , but a piece of worthless existance

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  7. I agree 10000% with Dale Nitz comment. So lets change our address.

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  8. I use the site Facebook for talking to my friends new and old, I also use this site to play Zynga Games. So when a site that gives addresses, phone numbers, p.o boxes cells ect, and gathers information to pass / sell onto other sites/3rd partys without your knowledge or consent is basically identity theft. I am more then positive these practices are unethical, and immoral. Plus I'm sure illegal as this IS NOT openly a SEARCH SITE I am writting to let you know how unhappy and disgusted I am with this action and would like to request you to try and stop this ASAP. So our personal information will be safe from SCAM apps and all other apps. It seems it's up to us the users to tell you what we think about this.........
    Facebook's track record on privacy is absolutely shocking, but don't seem to care or don't want to do anything about it despite the repeated requests from Worldwide Governments, advocacy groups and most importantly Us the USERS.

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  9. As usual, John, thank you for sharing this information and making it public knowledge. I have already sent an email to the legal department at facebook and commented on the developer's page. Allowing third party applications to access our personal address and telephone number is a violation of our privacy rights. Personal information is just that - PERSONAL! It should be up to each individual to chose who is allowed access to their private information. I somewhat agree with Dale in his comment...only instead of listing the address to the White House, I think we should be allowed to change our address and phone number to that of facebook headquarters. Maybe then they would see how annoying the spam mail and solicitation calls that comes from the selling of personal information can be.

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  10. Dale has a good idea, but I think another good idea is to just delete all of your personal information on Facebook. All of it. All your pictures, all your likes & dislikes, all the family members you've identified, all of it. Leave them with nothing but a faceless profile, a username, and whatever bogus birthday you may have told them about when you created the account.

    Then send the letter to the Facebook Legal department.

    If we can get enough Facebook members to delete all their personal information, I think we've got a chance of actually shaking them up and making them realize that they can't continue to treat us like we were their personal property to sell or do with as they please.

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  11. Mark Zuckerberg was given the Person of the Year Award by Time in 2010? This guy should be given the Slime Ball Award as of late. Facebook is greedy, power hungry, self rightous, immoral, unethical and now legally at fault.
    Class Action Lawsuit is in good order. Leave my personal info alone !!

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  12. Facebook
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  13. Wow! It sounds like Trevor has some pent up hostilities. There are Doctors and medications for the exact problems you are dealing with now. I hope you get some help soon my friend. Live and let live!!! Oh, and by the way...... GROW UP!!!!

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  14. we should have the right to say what is done with OUR info .no one else OUR info is ours. we pay our phone bills not FB or ZYnga. they say they keep us safe! that is not true. fb and zynga are the only ones that gave my info out to the scamers that send me over 50 junk emails everyday and i never would have chose to give it to them if i had the choice.it's my phone my number and i want to keep it to myself.if fb wants to pay my bill then they can give out the number but not til then.

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  15. I've read that Facebook collects user information for other companies who compensate it for valuable commercial trends expressed whenever the icon "like" is clicked, as well as the other items appearing in our Profiles revealing interests and activities. I have given no permission to reveal my cell phone, however, and I have a lot of reasons to demand a degree of privacy.....

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