Facebook Tightens Privacy in Mobile Apps
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (Yahoo Tech)
SAN FRANCISCO — At the 2014 Facebook F8 Conference here on Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the show by announcing three major changes to the way people will log in to other vendors’ Facebook apps. They’re all positive changes that should do a good job of making Facebook a more acceptable log-in method for the hundreds of millions of people who are using their Facebook identities to personalize mobile apps.
Calling the initiative “People First,” Zuckerberg laid out these changes. Check out the CNET video and then read on to see what it means:
1. You can line-item veto what you share with apps.
When you log in to a new app with your Facebook credentials, you will now be able to turn on and off the sharing of specific data with apps. For example, if you don’t want an app to know who your friends are, or what your birthday is, or what your location is, you’ll be able to turn those items off independently.
Zuckerberg said that if you have no changes to make in an app’s default sharing requests, you will be able to log in with the same number of taps as before, so it should not slow down the “onboarding” of new members.
2. Your friends won’t be able to rat you out.
While you have always had some control over your Facebook privacy, it has been, to date, too easy for any of your friends to share data about you with Facebook. No longer.