Facebook phone and address data sharing on holdNew feature is temporarily disabled by Facebook

18 January 2011

Facebook suspend phone and address sharing feature

New data sharing feature on hold

Facebook says plans to allow users to share address and phone number details with external websites and applications have been temporarily shelved.

It admitted today, on its developer blog, that 'Over the weekend, we got some useful feedback that could make people more clearly aware of when they are granting access to this data. We agree, and we are making changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so.' 

The feature has been temporarily disabled until this has been completed.

Sarah Kidner, Which? Computing Editor voices her opinion in should you share your phone number with Facebook?

Personal data sharing

Facebook announced the changes to the information users are able to share with external websites and applications, last Friday. It claims that the ability to share your address and mobile number would streamline some processes, it gives the example of sharing this information with a shopping site to streamline the checkout process.

According to Facebook, users would need to explicitly choose to share this information, through the permissions process, before any application or website can access it.

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