Facebook Beefs Up Privacy Protection

Canadian concerns prompt changes in how apps get info
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2009 4:10 PM CDT
Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, gestures while delivering the keynote address during the annual Facebook f8 developer conference in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 23, 2008.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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(Newser) – In response to criticism by the Canadian government, Facebook is enacting far-reaching changes in how third-party applications gain access to personal data, TechCrunch reports. Currently, Facebook applications ask users once, upon installation, for approval to access personal information. Under the new rules, the apps will have to ask repeatedly as they retrieve different types of data, as well as when they take information from other users’ pages.