FB to warn if mob-apps pull users’ information

LONDON: Social networking giant Facebook has become the seventh company to agree to give people advance warning if its mobile applications pulls users’ personal information from tablet computers and cell phones.

The agreement requires mobile apps seeking to collect personal information to display their privacy policies before their app is installed on a device.

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said that the agreement includes Facebook’s own applications, as well as those made by third parties in its recently launched App Center.

According to CBS News, Facebook said it incorporated the principles of the privacy agreement when it was designing its App Center.

The other six companies that have signed the agreement are Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Research in Motion and Hewlett-Packard.

“We are delighted that Facebook has joined Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Research in Motion to provide consumers with greater control and information about how their personal data is used,” Harris said.

“We need to protect privacy while we foster innovation,” he added.

Meanwhile, Facebook will now also allow its users to edit their comments on the website.

Users would be allowed to edit their comments by clicking on the edit option, which appears in the form of a small pencil icon on the right side of the comment, following which a drop-down menu will appear, with the option to edit the comment as well as the option to delete it entirely.

According to ABC News, the Facebook site will also be “showing the editing history for a comment so that subsequent commenters or likers have the full context of the conversation” which would allow commenters to see the history of the conversation.

The editing ability on the social site went live on Thursday, and will be gradually rolling out to all users over the next few days.

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