• Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact

  • Facebook Privacy and Apps

    October 31st, 2011
    privcy, facebook  [html]
    Facebook's privacy system for apps is tricky. The basic system is opt in for specific apps, and opt out for apps overall. If a specific app wants to access facebook as you, it has to ask for specific permissions:

    I think they do a pretty good job with this: they force the app to specify which things it wants to do, and they explain them pretty well. I would like it if I could tell facebook "automatically accept on my behalf as long as it's not going to post or publish as me," because while I don't care about privacy I don't like apps putting spam in people's newsfeeds.

    There's a lot of information that your friends have access to that the general public does not. An app approved by one of your friends can access that information. This is how my comment widget works: it runs as me, and so can see your comments. The only way to keep friends' apps from seeing your stuff is to opt out of the facebook platform. When I pull all comments on a post, I don't see comments made by users who have done this. They show up when I'm on facebook, but not through the api. This does disable facebook chat, though, so its kind of annoying.

    This came up because someone was worried that my comment widget would help people connect their facebook account to their offline persona. I ended up adding their userid to an internal blocklist because they didn't want to turn off chat. If you'd like me to exclude your comments from my comments page, I could add you to the blocklist too.

    Comment via: google plus, facebook

    Recent posts on blogs I like:

    Learning Worst Industry Practices

    If I have a bad idea and you have a bad idea and we exchange them, we now have two bad ideas. But more than that. If I have a bad idea and you have a good idea and we exchange them, we should both land on your good idea – but that requires both […]

    via Pedestrian Observations September 20, 2020

    Collections: Iron, How Did They Make It? Part I, Mining

    This week we are starting a four-part look at pre-modern iron and steel production. As with our series on farming, we are going to follow the train of iron production from the mine to a finished object, be that a tool, a piece of armor, a simple nail, a w…

    via A Collection of Unmitigated Pedantry September 18, 2020

    Learning Game

    I came up with this game. In the game one person thinks of something and then gives the other person a clue. And the other person writes a guess down on a blackboard or a piece of paper. Or really anything you have that's laying around that's av…

    via Lily Wise's Blog Posts September 17, 2020

    more     (via openring)


  • Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact