Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Science: And (Social) Engineering

So, how likely are you to click "Allow" when a Facebook dialog pops up? Without thinking that is...

As it happens, Facebook is now allowing any developer to access any user's phone number and home address information. Of course, the user has to click "Allow", but we all know how carefully we read those questions - if at all. There are other, even worse, possibilities for you losing a lot of the privacy (and you care about that, dont you?). Say you were cautious and did not let Facebook know your phone number. But, one of your Facebook friends adds your number to their own phone book manually. Lo and behold, if they - not you - allow access to such data your number is now available to developers, too. Scared? You should be...

Of course, you can try tweaking these, but also should beware of this...

PS
Oh, and don't trust them to really back off on this (or put a "temporary hold"). They may lie low for a while, but they'll be back for your data again, very soon. Because they just don't get it...