Face­book’s out­side apps to tell users which info will be tapped

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS & PERSONAL FINANCE - Com­piled from wire re­ports

Face­book Inc. is rolling out a new fea­ture that re­quires out­side ap­pli­ca­tions and web­sites to tell users ex­actly what parts of their pro­files have to be shared for the apps to work.

Ap­pli­ca­tions al­ready had to ask users for per­mis­sion to ac­cess any­thing in their pro­files that wasn’t pub­lic but didn’t have to spec­ify what in­for­ma­tion would be used. Un­der the new pol­icy, the ser­vices will say which as­pects of a pro­file will be mined, but the user still won’t be able to se­lect which pieces they want to grant ac­cess to. They have to ei­ther grant per­mis­sion or dis­al­low the app en­tirely.

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