January 18, 2011

Outcry forces Facebook to suspend data sharing plan

by Jan Harris

Facebook has temporarily disabled a feature that can give developers access to members’ home addresses and mobile phone numbers

Facebook’s plan to expand developers’ access to profile details, to include address and phone number, raised alarm among users and security companies.

The plan was designed to allow developers to create more efficient third-party Facebook apps, but following negative feedback Facebook is now creating an ‘improved’ version of the feature which will be available shortly.

The new improved version will make it clearer to users that they are granting access to their personal data.

Facebook has also been in the news after a page entitled ‘Let’s get 100,000 people that want to see Neil Lennon get shot’ was created on the site.

Celtic Manager Neil Lennon, who is originally from Lurgan, Co Armagh, was recently sent a bullet in the post, along with Northern Irish players, Paddy McCourt and Niall McGinn.

The page has now been removed.

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