Update: FB holds off on that last privacy change

By Anne Collier

Facebook temporarily reversed its decision to make users’ address and phone numbers available to apps with users’ permission. “Over the weekend, we got some useful feedback that we could make people more clearly aware of when they are granting access to this data,” Douglas Purdy, Facebook’s director of developer relations wrote in the site blog. “We agree, and we are making changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so.” So Facebook’s disabling the change I blogged about last night until the new changes are ready, Purdy wrote in the wee hours of this morning. That’ll happen in the next few weeks, he added. Parents, no matter what Facebook does about this, though, it’s still a very good idea for teen Facebook users to leave their address and phone numbers blank in the Contact Information part of their profile. Either that, or be very mindful of the apps they install. See my last post for instructions on how to do that. Here, too, are details from my ConnectSafely co-director Larry Magid on how to set personal info-sharing to its most restrictive level in your Privacy Settings. And, at the Washington Post, don’t miss tech writer Rob Pegararo’s helpful perspective.

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