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22 Dec 11 fPrivacy lets you grant or revoke specific Facebook app permissions


Chrome: fPrivacy is a new Chrome add-on that gives you granular control over the permissions that Facebook apps request when you add them to or authorize them to access your account. For example, if you add a Facebook app and you’re not too comfortable with the app’s ability to post to your wall, or access your data at any time, you can deny those specific permissions while granting the other ones required for the app to function.

Much like previously mentioned FBSecure for Chrome and Firefox, fPrivacy allows you to toggle a Facebook app’s permissions when you add it to your account. The add-on is simple – after FPrivacy is installed, the pop-up dialog that appears at Facebook when you add an app that asks you to grant the app the permissions it wants also has check-boxes at the top of it for each permission type. Just select the ones you allow and uncheck the ones you don’t want the app to have, and click update.

Chad Selph, the developer behind the extension, notes that some apps may force you to re-auth if it checks and finds it is missing a permission it needs, but many apps ask for permissions they don’t need for you to use the app. If you love your privacy but just can’t give up on Facebook and Facebook apps, fPrivacy is worth a look. Are you already using FBSecure, or have you given up on Facebook apps completely? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Article source: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/12/21/2320604/fprivacy-lets-you-grant-or-revoke.html

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20 Dec 11 Better Facebook Privacy with fPrivacy Chrome Extension


The fPrivacy Chrome extension gives users more control by disallowing specific app permissions.

Who Gets In, Who Stays Out

A new Chrome plugin, fPrivacy, created by Chad Selph, allows users to choose which permissions to grant apps. When a user allows a new app access to his or her Facebook profile, check boxes at the top of the window appear, which allow the user to control permission access.

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Select permissions to allow.
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Or lock down some information on your account.

Privacy Concerns

In November, we reported that Facebook was proposing an “opt-in” privacy settlement with the FTC. The previous Facebook policy took an “opt-out” approach in which users had to stay on top of the changing privacy policies and then change their profile settings accordingly.

Earlier in the year, Facebook was sued over cookies that were tracking users after they logged out of the social networking service. Facebook saw the “frictionless sharing” as a hassle-free sharing service, whereas many Facebook users saw it as a huge invasion of privacy.

As we reported in September, Facebook announced the new Timeline feature at the Facebook f8 conference. Timeline is rolling out to all Facebook users later this month, which also poses new privacy concerns:

But more than users showcasing relevant points in their life, Timeline is more of a platform that apps can use to mine data stored throughout a user’s history. Apps can showcase data from a user’s profile and that of their friends, such as music preferences, places visited, recipes cooked and a lot of other information in a time-bound format.”

So far, Timeline is being met with mixed reviews by users who have voluntarily moved to the new format in advance of the general roll out.

With all of these privacy concerns, add-ons like fPrivacy are timely. fPrivacy is available from the Chrome webstore. Simply download the app, give it access to your Facebook (ironic, no?) page, and then it’s ready to go when you try installing your next Facebook app.

Are there other Facebook privacy plugins and add-ons you recommend? Let us know in the comments.

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Article source: http://www.cmswire.com/cms/customer-experience/better-facebook-privacy-with-fprivacy-chrome-extension-013911.php

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20 Dec 11 fPrivacy Lets You Grant or Revoke Specific Facebook App Permissions


fPrivacy Lets You Grant or Revoke Specific Facebook App Permissions Chrome: fPrivacy is a new Chrome add-on that gives you granular control over the permissions that Facebook apps request when you add them to or authorize them to access your account. For example, if you add a Facebook app and you’re not too comfortable with the app’s ability to post to your wall, or access your data at any time, you can deny those specific permissions while granting the other ones required for the app to function.

Much like previously mentioned FBSecure for Chrome and Firefox, fPrivacy allows you to toggle a Facebook app’s permissions when you add it to your account. The add-on is simple—after FPrivacy is installed, the pop-up dialog that appears at Facebook when you add an app that asks you to grant the app the permissions it wants also has check-boxes at the top of it for each permission type. Just select the ones you allow and uncheck the ones you don’t want the app to have, and click update.

Chad Selph, the developer behind the extension, notes that some apps may force you to re-auth if it checks and finds it is missing a permission it needs, but many apps ask for permissions they don’t need for you to use the app. If you love your privacy but just can’t give up on Facebook and Facebook apps, fPrivacy is worth a look. Are you already using FBSecure, or have you given up on Facebook apps completely? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

fPrivacy | Chrome Web Store via TechCrunch

Article source: http://lifehacker.com/5869254/fprivacy-lets-you-grant-or-revoke-specific-facebook-app-permissions

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29 Nov 11 Google Chrome extension lets you choose Facebook app permissions


Python programmer Chad Selph has developed a Google Chrome extension called OOptOut that lets you opt out of Facebook app permissions. This is particularly useful if you want to use a Facebook app, or website that requires one, but aren’t comfortable with giving it access to your Facebook data.

When you install a Facebook app, the service tells you what the app is asking for: typically it wants access to some of the content you’ve uploaded to the social network, the ability to e-mail you, to post to Facebook as you, and/or to access your posts and data. Normally, you have to say yes to all of them, if you want to use the app in question, but this extension lets you pick and choose which ones you want to include.

When the app’s authorization dialog pops up, OOptOut adds a small bar at the top with checkboxes for every permission the app requires. Once you’re done picking, hit the Update button. The page will reload, and the app will then only ask for the permissions you chose. From there, you can hit the blue Allow button as you typically would.

Unsurprisingly, some apps break when using this plugin. This is because developers sometimes build their apps without the consideration that a Facebook permission might not have been granted: if they get a permission denied back from Facebook, the may not handle it gracefully. On the other hand, some apps may check which permissions you’re missing and try to get you to re-authortize.

The app is not yet available on Google’s Chrome Web Store, but it is available on GitHub. Unfortunately, this means that installing it takes five steps:

  1. Do a git clone of this repository
  2. Open up chrome to chrome://extensions
  3. Turn on “Developer Mode”
  4. Click “Load unpacked extension”
  5. Find the folder of your git checkout!

Beyond getting into the Chrome Web Store, Selph has a few ideas for his extension, including improving the CSS, logo, and the name. He’s also considering adding more detailed descriptions for each Facebook permission. He even mentioned possibly letting users add permissions the app isn’t already asking for, though I’m not sure what the point of that would be.

I’ll be keeping an eye on how this extension develops, including whether it is ported to other browsers. I’ve also contacted Facebook to see what the company thinks of the extension.

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Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/google-chrome-extension-lets-you-choose-facebook-app-permissions/5640

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