Facebook made some impressive strides in privacy at their annual conference today, announcing a new feature that would let users log into connected apps without giving any personal data. There will also be the option for users to tick off which Facebook permissions to allow an app on the initial set-up.

On the web, Facebook's App Control Panel is getting a major update so it will be easy to see which apps are connected to Facebook and what permissions they currently have. Facebook also said that they will no longer allow apps to pull in data from friends of friends; everybody has to individually offer their data to apps. All of these features will be rolling out over the next couple of months.

Considering the biggest stigma against Facebook right now is that it snoops through all of your personal stuff without you knowing about it, these features are extremely welcome. For those that have already sworn off the ubiquitous social network, it may be too little too late, but as an active user, I'm really happy to see these additions. What about you guys? How much attention do you pay to permissions requested through Facebook-connected apps? Is requiring a Facebook account a dealbreaker for whether or not you use an app?

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Facebook Login for apps will now offer users selective permissions and anonymity


I was going to post a witty comment about how facebook is the opposite of anonymity and privacy but in the end it's just sad.

I'm aware of the different privacy settings Facebook offers I think this is good for the use that doesn't five into their personal settings. In sure most people don't care.

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I don't think most people actually read permissions but this is good PR for Facebook.

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I have never been too worried about any of this privacy and permission mumbo jumbo that comes along with any social media or apps or whatever it may be. I know what I need to know and do what I need to do. But this is good to see happening.

Maybe they should give that same granular control over their Android app, then I'd have a reason to use their app again. Either way, I never have and still won't use my fb login to sign up for any other service.

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"All of these features will be rolling out over the next couple of months." - by the time they roll out it will all have been forgotten...

Best line in the video "Only requesting the permissions it really needs". Irony. Maybe they should run their own app through that process. They don't give a damn about your privacy until that data is their data to sell.
Don't forget to grab yourself some browser plugins like fb disconnect to help block some of that data theft on the computer, and exposed framework with xprivacy for your rooted device.