Having families with little kids, we are all about privacy settings at theiphonemom.com. That’s why we were so excited to see the new Facebook privacy options yesterday! Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg explained the new options for app login at the F8 developer conference in San Francisco.
No matter how strict your privacy settings are on Facebook, logging into an app with your account shares personal information. Additionally, if your friends use an app your data can be seen as well. Facebook has addressed privacy concerns of their users with three new methods: Anonymous Login, Updated Facebook Login, and a redesigned App Control Panel.
1) Anonymous Login:
This option will be rolled out to developers over the next several months. Instead of logging in with Facebook or having various usernames and passwords, you will now be able to try an app anonymously with no personal information shared. Once you decide if you like the app, you can always choose to login with Facebook at a later time.
2) Updated Facebook Login:
This is a great option that really gives you control over information that apps can collect from your account.
Once you login you will see a screen with the information the app will receive from you. Choosing edit info brings you to a screen where with a few taps you can decide on privacy settings for details like your birthday, e-mail address and friends list. With the new login screen apps also will not post to Facebook without your permission. Most importantly, friends will no longer be able to share your personal data on apps they use. “Up until now, your friends have been able to share your data via using apps. Now we’re changing this, so everybody controls how their data is shared with apps, even ones others are using,” Zuckerberg said.
3) App Control Panel:
Facebook has also redesigned the App Control Panel to give you more options to control your data. The Control Panel will be a user friendly way to see which apps you are logged in to with Facebook or anonymously. You will be able to change permissions or delete apps entirely from the Control Panel as well.
We are so excited about this new flexibility to protect your Facebook data while using apps. Facebook has clearly listened to users concerns over privacy and taken action to put the control in the hands of the consumer. We look forward to future updates from Facebook!