Facebook backtracks on address and phone data sharing

It seems that enough people have objected to Facebook’s announcement about the imminent change regarding permissions for for address and mobile number that the social network decided to put the plan on temporary hold.

Apparently, they acknowledged the fact that many people give permissions to applications without even looking at the details. It also seems like they learned a thing or two from the general outcry that welcomed their change of privacy settings last year.

“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,” wrote Douglas Purdy on Facebook’s Developer Blog.

“We agree, and we are making changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so. We’ll be working to launch these updates as soon as possible, and will be temporarily disabling this feature until those changes are ready. We look forward to re-enabling this improved feature in the next few weeks.”

Actually, I’m rather curious to see what they’ll come up with.