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Facebook: Third-Party Apps Must Tell Users What Data They Collect

SOCIAL NETWORKING

July 2, 2010

Facebook is now requiring outside applications and Web sites to let users know what data they collect from online profiles before asking permission from users for private information, eWeek reports. "With this new authorization process, when you log into an application with your Facebook account, the application will only be able to access the public parts of your profile by default," a company spokesman said. The recent changes are among those prompted by an agreement the social networking site reached last year with Canadian privacy authorities. Facebook noted information required to be public on the site "to make it easy for your friends to find you" will still be available to third-party applications.
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