I am not alone in disliking giving my email and access to other personal information when I access something with a Facebook app.
I know from personal feedback when I run Facebook competitions for myself and for clients the apps that allow you to enter are the thing that puts off most entrants.
The problem with Facebook apps
You click to sign up for the competition and immediately are faced with an app which wants your permission for it to access your email and other personal info. For my Facebook apps, I can assure you that I have no access to that information. The permission is purely to allow the app to give you the option to share that you have entered our competition.
Rogue apps that spam your contact list
However, many Facebook apps are not as innocent. I regularly have requests for help from users who have signed up to a rogue app that is suddenly sending out messages to everyone on their contact list.
Apps that gather your Facebook login information
And then there are the information gatherers. Apps which force you to sign up for an offer using your Facebook log in information. These are the most insidious. Because, once you have given them access to the email that you use to access Facebook, they can then advertise specifically to you on that platform. They have you personally in their sights.
And, whilst you can remove these apps, the permission to use your information is not stopped. Anything that they acquired prior to your removing the app, they can still use. Unless you write and ask them to stop using it.
Anonymous Login for Facebook apps
Very soon you will be able to use the anonymous login feature for Facebook app. This allows you to edit the information that you share with the app, including removing email access. I first read about it here but there is now a Facebook video explaining how it works.
It’s brilliant news and will be rolling out to users over the next few months.
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