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Facebook will let apps harvest contact details

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Facebook has brushed aside criticism of a plan to let software developers access users’ personal information and will allow it to go ahead – although it has promised to give users more control about what they agree to.

The feature, which was introduced briefly last month before being disabled, let developers ask users to share their contact information. After consideration, Facebook has decided to relaunch the feature, although it hasn’t said when they will be.
After questions were asked about the feature, Facebook has responded by saying that – when it is re-enabled – users will once again be ask to authorise applications to obtain their contact information.
However, the company is looking at ways to give the user more control.
One way it may do this is by possibly adding to the permissions screen that would appear when an application requests information, giving the user clearer notice about what is being requested.