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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.
Czech-based eyedea Recognition has released a face detection API. It joins a list of some 38 in our API directory related to face detection. It's hard to tell how these offerings will stand out from the crowd. (By way of comparison, last October I wrote up Skybiometry.) Once the identity, gender, approximate age, and the ability to count the number of people in a room have been nailed, what else is there?
The never-ending cycle of vulnerability discovery and remediation continues this week with an announcement from IBM concerning a “Droppedin” flaw in an SDK from Dropbox.