Facebook Changes Course on Giving Cell Phone Numbers, Addresses to Developers

Facebook has reversed course on a capability it gave to developers several days ago to have their apps capture the cell phone numbers and street addresses of users. The original change was instituted last Friday and allowed to ask users to share additional information when installing a Facebook app. In a blog posting on Monday, Facebook Director of Developer Relations Douglas Purdy said that Facebook had recognized that privacy advocates had raised valid concerns, leading the company to reverse its policy.

“Over the weekend, we got some useful feedback that we could make people more clearly aware of when they are granting access to this data,” Purdy wrote. “We agree, and we are making changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so. We’ll be working to launch these updates as soon as possible, and will be temporarily disabling this feature until those changes are ready. We look forward to re-enabling this improved feature in the next few weeks.”

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