Facebook users’ home addresses and mobile phone numbers are being made available on a development platform according to a developer within the company.
Jeff Bowen, a member of Facebook’s developer support team, explained in a blog post that users’ details, including home addresses and mobile phone numbers, could be collected by app developers on the development platform.
Users would have to grant the app permission to access their personal information but the developer could then collect all of those details and use them for spam or cold-calling purposes, The Guardian reports.
Sophos’ Graham Cluley highlighted the potential security concerns in a company blog post.
“Now, shady app developers will find it easier than ever before to gather even more personal information from users. You can imagine, for instance, that bad guys could set up a rogue app that collects mobile phone numbers and then uses that information for the purposes of SMS spamming or sells on the data to cold-calling companies,” he wrote.