April 13th, 2009
Say you want to do something like take a quiz to tell you what Star Wars character you are, and have to result posted to your wall.
It would make sense for Facebook to prompt you for authorization for the app to make a one-time post to your wall. But instead, they ask you for permission to “pull your profile information, photos, your friends’ info, and other content that it requires to work.” And we have no idea what this “other content” is.
So yes, in order to be told that you most closely resemble Storm Trooper Extra #3, you must let the app developer have access to all your updates, your list of friends, your hometown, email address, whatever else only your close friends can see. Why can’t Facebook make this a tad less invasive?
I also don’t understand why people click Allow to these apps, having no idea just who is getting access to their information or what information they’re getting.
And Terah thinks I’m being paranoid because I said that criminals probably are writing cute facebook apps… ah well.