When Facebook decided to share its address and phone information with 3rd party application developers, there was a great reaction and it was a step back in the first place. But it seems that no matter what the reaction is, Facebook won’t be surprised.
Who didn’t criticize Facebook about this? Users, lawyers, even Congress members! But after all, after a while, the result seems to have not changed.
Facebook’s defense here is that the issue is based on user request. In other words, Facebook finds it sufficient that it will openly ask you to share your address and phone information while installing an application. reveals his thesis.
With the realization of this decision, an application permission screen as above will meet you. Here you will see a note that warns you that your address and telephone information will be shared beyond your basic information. The question that comes to mind is whether users can prevent this part with their own will or not. In other words, if this information is among the “necessary” information in the application privacy settings, you will either not install the application or allow your information to be shared.
On January 18, Facebook developers announced on their blog that they “received very useful feedback on the weekend and are working on ways to more clearly alert users that this information will be shared”.
Subsequently, Representatives Edward Markey and Joe Barton announced that they asked Mark Zuckerberg about their future plans. And “Facebook should guarantee to protect the personal information of its users if Facebook does not want to return to the Phonebook.” they said.
The response was very clear and non-stepping back. “We have not decided when and under what circumstances we will share users’ phone and address information,” said Marne Levine, Facebook manager. As we mentioned earlier, we are in the works to make it more visible that the information of the users will be shared. We even think that additional training can help. ” said.
As can be seen, the answer clearly reveals that the information will be shared one way or another. It is stated that only necessary studies have been done to ensure that users are fully aware of this. It is not clear here whether the user can optionally block the sharing of information. Because, according to the researches, each extra permit required when installing an application causes a 3% decrease in the installation.
Markey said that he was not satisfied with the response from Facebook and that he would continue to observe the social network’s privacy rules. Let’s see when and in what direction will the social network, which has recently made efforts to make the Confidentiality Agreement more readable.