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High-speed U-turn

Well, well, isn't this interesting? Last year, Facebook sat through weeks of bad press over its privacy decisions before taking action. It must have learned from the experience, and decided to act more quickly in future.

Yesterday, we told you the social networking giant had decided to allow applications to access users' phone numbers and addresses. Users would have to approve applications' access to this extra information, but privacy types expressed concern that users are used to clicking through the approval screen without reading it properly.

Well, what do you know: it seems Facebook agree. They've put the change on hold while they look at how to communicate it more effectively to users. '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. We agree, and we are making changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so.'

We reckon this is a smart move. Even though there's nothing wrong with expecting users to read the screens you put in front of them, it can't hurt Facebook to look like it's responding to concern. Many people seem to think they try to deliberately trick users into sharing too much information. This move won't placate all privacy worriers, but it should help clear up that misconception at least.

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