But should Facebook end users cheer this news, too?
The Change is for Developers, "No Effect" on End Users?
For developers, the removal of this technical limitation is great news. Apps had to constantly connect to Facebook's servers in order to refresh their data. Application load speeds were also affected as the apps would have to do this server pinging process upon first launch. Now the data the apps need will already be there - a change that may even result in noticeable performance gains for the end users of the applications.
Yes, Facebook Apps Have Your Data
The new policy, however, brings to light something that your average Facebook user may not have ever known at all: Facebook applications access your personal data.
We've looked at this issue before (see: "What Facebook Quizzes Know About You") after the ACLU put together an awareness campaign surrounding the privacy issues of Facebook applications. Using a sample app, the ACLU's Facebook Quiz, many everyday Facebook users were shocked to find that applications (like quizzes) could access almost everything on a user profile, including hometown, groups you belong to, events attended, favorite books, and more. What's worse is that your profile information becomes available to developers when your friends take the same quiz.Continue reading this article over at ReadWriteWeb.com
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