Facebook Users Raise Alarm Over Posting of Phone Numbers

You may or may not have seen some warnings on your friends Facebook posts the past few days warning of the social network's importation of all your cell phone contacts. While this is true if you use the Facebook application for your smart phone, the company denies that is publishing all of your contact info without your consent. What has your experience been with Facebook phone book tool?  Find out if your numbers have been saved by Facebook:
To see the phonebook that's causing all the fuss, click on Account in Facebook's top right corner, then click on Edit Friends, and click Contacts at the left side. Indeed, Facebook does store a list of phone numbers, both contacts you have imported from your phone as well as information your Facebook friends have themselves added.


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I seriously did not understand why everyone freaked out. It's funny but the same people complaining about privacy and FB are the same people posting trillions of photos with no privacy settings; writing personal messages on people's walls; and hanging around on FB Chat all day long. If they were really paranoid about their privacy, they'd be a bit more discreet -- and would probably try to communicate more by video chat (the Video Chat Rounds app or the like). Lesson? People are morons.
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I'm not on fb, but my cousin reposted photos I sent her in private e-mail. Using anyone's information without their consent is FRAUD.
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@Anise: In regard to your example, this is why Facebook notifies you every single time your name is even mentioned. You can go in and remove that tag if you want to. You can even set your account up to NOT allow people to tag you in photographs.

Again, the problem here isn't Facebook's evil business practices, it is people's stupidity and their lack of motivation to do things like read EULAs and manage their own privacy settings.

If a person is unwilling to take the time to manage their own privacy, they give up their right to cry and complain when said privacy is violated.
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Is it just me, or am I the only one getting tired of people pissing and moaning about first, things they know nothing about and don't bother to verify for themselves (the phone number NON-issue) and second (and more importantly), the fact that they get to use a resource and cost intensive service for free and the provider of said service actually wanting to make a profit?

People use Facebook ALL DAY LONG. They stay in touch with people they'd otherwise have lost touch with. They find long lost friends and family. They have fun. They share their musings and engage their friends and families in ways that has never before been possible...and they get mad because Facebook helps advertisers put RELEVANT ad data on the right hand side of the page in a passive way in order to pay for everything it takes to allow you to use all those services and *gasp* make a profit?

Nearly every other site on the internet has ads. Generally, they are much much less passive (they pop over, they pop up, they are video and start playing right away, they play audio, they cover content until you click close or even have to wait until an ad plays to get to the content) and those are ok?

Seriously people, relax.

PS: Facebook cannot do anything without your consent. You consent to whatever they want every time you log in. It is part of the login process. If you choose to automatically login, you choose to automatically accept any change in terms. Beyond that, who frapping cares? Again, they're providing a service to you FOR FREE. YOU are the product. If you don't like it, delete your account. You'd be an idiot to do so, but feel free.
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