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Facebook discovered a security attack that potentially compromised 50 million user accounts in late September. While Facebook has now reported that the actual affect was minimal, the company has released a tool that helps app developers understand whether their users were affected or not.
PayJoy, a provider of pay-as-you-go smartphone financing, announced today global availability of its patented Lock API. The API allows PayJoy's lending partners to secure financing with compatible smartphones and allows finance companies to turn the lock on and off programmatically.
For a few days, Facebook was providing a user's phone number and address available, with the user's permission, via its Facebook Graph API. Likely fueled by distrust of Facebook's previous approaches to privacy, users and press reacted negatively to the concept. Based on this feedback, Facebook reversed its decision and neither phone or address is returned to applications at this time. Privacy is a big concern, especially for APIs, but Facebook took appropriate steps for gaining user permission. The reaction to Facebook's platform change was an overreaction, which points to a need for more granular privacy controls and a better method of granting access.