Following up on a previous post, Facebook announced late yesterday they will temporarily suspend plans to share users’ phone numbers and addresses with app developers posting the following quote in the developer blog.
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. 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.
While the storing of addresses is not uncommon for internet merchant sites, Facebook’s implementation may be a bit too passive than most people are comfortable with. Phone numbers and addresses should be explicitly authorized by users with more than just a simple click of a mouse. Making it so easy opens this private information to abuse by unscrupulous app developers.