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Facebook To Share User Contact Information By Permission

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by Staff Writer
, 01 Mar 2011News

Social networking giant Facebook is planning on allowing third party applications to ask users' permission for accessing their contact information like mobile number and address.

According to Bloomberg, the company has not yet determined when it will be re-launching the feature but said that it was working on 'enhanced user control' that would make additions to the permissions screen.

When the company first launched the feature it was severely criticised by US law makers, forcing the company to retract the function.

In a letter to U.S. Congressmen Edward Markey and Joe Barton, Facebook's vice president of global public policy Marne Levine said that the company was also considering whether to allow third party applications to ask for contact information from minors.

The letter was in response to a query made by the lawmakers on how the company plans to go about implementing the feature on the world's largest social networking platform.

Mobile phone numbers and personal addresses, particularly those that can identify teenagers using Facebook, require special protection. I’m pleased that Facebook’s response indicated that it’s looking to enhance its process for highlighting for users when they are being asked for permission to share their contact information," Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, said in a statement.

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