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    Default I'm bothered by the latest FaceBook app upgrade notice - should I be?

    The latest FaceBook app for the Nexus 7 includes requests for the following new permissions:

    1. Your messages - Read your text messages (SMS or MMS).

    2. Your personal information - Add or modify calendar events and send email to guests without owner's knowledge, read calendar events plus confidential information, read your own contact card.

    3. Network communication - Connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi.

    Item 3 doesn't bother me. Item 1 sort of does. Item 2 seems really over the top! What is that business about sending email to guests without owner's knowledge? Why is that necessary?

    I'm sure the iOS app doesn't do that.

    Should this bother me? I've resisted updating because of 1 and 2.

    doug
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    Default Re: I'm bothered by the latest FaceBook app upgrade notice - should I be?

    Yeah item no 1 and no 2... I have no idea why they needed that. I personally has uninstalled my facebook app on both ios and android but still using it on my old bb device with sync off.

    Beside, I dont facebook a lot, maybe 5 - 15 minutes and once or twice a week just to check.

    I am more to twitter...

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    Last edited by gdmin; 01-17-2014 at 09:25 PM.
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    Default Re: I'm bothered by the latest FaceBook app upgrade notice - should I be?

    For 1.....the nexus 7 2013 is a tablet and does not have SMS.

    As for 2 it sounds like it's to notify people of your birthday and to add birthdays to your calendar

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    Default Re: I'm bothered by the latest FaceBook app upgrade notice - should I be?

    1) If you have Facebook Home it allows you to use your Facebook Messenger as your default SMS handler. If you don't have Facebook Home, the standard Facebook app uses the same base, so the permissions remain the same. If you wish to use Facebook Messenger quite a lot and/or want to use it as your default SMS handler, just download the separate Facebook Messenger App. A number or people use their phone number as their log-in ID so this one doesn't surprise me. I can't say that I love it, but I'll deal
    2) This allows Facebook to read your birthday, upcoming events, event invites, etc and sync them to your phone's calendar. Again, not necessarily cool, but not surprising. Facebook already has this info if you use it on your desktop, they're just putting other people's birthdays on your calendar, along with events you're a part of or have been invited to. Let me repeat this is information they have anyway if you use Facebook on a computer.
    3) Allows the app to switch between Wifi and Mobile data signal. No biggie

    Pretty much the only one that's slightly worrisome is the first one. Not that Facebook is known for air-tight security on user info, but your SMS info is about the only thing they're getting that they don't have if you access Facebook from a computer. If it makes you feel better, they've had SMS access for a few updates already, and if you want - don't use the app. Just use the mobile site instead. It won't help with 2 and 3 but should prevent 1 as far as I know.
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    Default Re: I'm bothered by the latest FaceBook app upgrade notice - should I be?

    Quote Originally Posted by B. Diddy View Post
    With regards to the article where it says: "Add/modify calendar events and send emails to guests without your knowledge: Facebook says it's just so that you can see your Facebook events in your phone's calendar."

    Why do emails need to be sent to guests without my knowledge in order to see Facebook events in the phone's calendar?

    doug
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    Default Re: I'm bothered by the latest FaceBook app upgrade notice - should I be?

    I have not allowed the update for the very intrusive reasons that you mentioned.
    Pat
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    Default Re: I'm bothered by the latest FaceBook app upgrade notice - should I be?

    The answer is obvious, don't use Facebook.
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    Default Re: I'm bothered by the latest FaceBook app upgrade notice - should I be?

    Read my personal info and send out email without my knowledge? No, I don't see any problem with that.no problem at all.
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    Default Re: I'm bothered by the latest FaceBook app upgrade notice - should I be?

    It's been a month, and I still haven't upgraded my Nexus 7 FB app because of "...and send email to guests without owner's knowledge." I'm pretty sure the iOS FB app doesn't allow that. I wrote FB about it, but they never answered.

    doug
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    Default Re: I'm bothered by the latest FaceBook app upgrade notice - should I be?

    Quote Originally Posted by douglerner View Post
    It's been a month, and I still haven't upgraded my Nexus 7 FB app because of "...and send email to guests without owner's knowledge." I'm pretty sure the iOS FB app doesn't allow that. I wrote FB about it, but they never answered.

    doug
    Same here. Looks like I will never update it.
    Pat
    Nook Color - CM10.1 ( Jelly Bean 4.2.2) on eMMC
    Google Galaxy Nexus - stock Jelly Bean 4.3
    Galaxy Nexus 10 - stock KitKat 4.4.2
    Galaxy Nexus 7 (2nd Generation) - stock KitKat 4.4.2
    Chromecast
    Nexus 5 - stock KitKat 4.4.2
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    Default Re: I'm bothered by the latest FaceBook app upgrade notice - should I be?

    Quote Originally Posted by douglerner View Post
    It's been a month, and I still haven't upgraded my Nexus 7 FB app because of "...and send email to guests without owner's knowledge." I'm pretty sure the iOS FB app doesn't allow that. I wrote FB about it, but they never answered.

    doug
    I bet the IOS version does do that, just without asking permission.

    your spamming your friends is very lucrative. No way Facebook is going to let users wants and desires get in the way of making money.

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