Facebook Puts the Brakes on Google Friend Connect

Facebook was onboard with Google’s new Friend Connect – until they looked a little closer at how the technology works. Then they suspended Google’s access to Facebook.

On the Facebook Developer’s blog post “Thoughts on Privacy” it says:

We’ve found that it [Google Friend Connect] redistributes user information from Facebook to other developers without users’ knowledge, which doesn’t respect the privacy standards our users have come to expect and is a violation of our Terms of Service.

Now the post doesn’t come out and say their thoughts are not random musings, but an announcement that they are “suspending Google Friend Connect’s access to Facebook user information” until they come into compliance. In other words, the application passes information from your Facebook profile to other sites without your knowledge.

As far as we know Google hasn’t responded but Facebook says, “We’ve reached out to Google several times about this issue, and hope to work with them to enable users to share their data exactly when and where they choose.” In the post, Facebook said they didn’t know what they were agreeing to and that there was never a formal partnership.

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  • http://www.brickmarketing.com Brick Marketing

    Glad to see Facebook is finally taking their user’s privacy seriously — even if it means banning the big boys. Way to go FB!

  • http://seologia.com.ar Seologia

    There’s no reason why any website should modify their terms or conditions just for the big G.

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  • http://chasinggoogle.blogspot.com/ Elections guy

    I think they finally have to produce some solution, extend its API and grant access to Google. I think these are only facebook issues here.

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  • http://www.netage.co.za Web Developer

    This privacy is a must for Face Book, well done.

  • http://yourgreatestgifts.co.uk Wii Guy

    Great move. People always put Google in a class where they always seem to have good business practices. This just proves that they are just like any other business.

    John

  • http://mp3leben.com Tiffany

    Very brave decision! I’m sure they have considered it very well.

  • http://www.futurefactory-software.com Musashi

    “Dont do evil”, wasnt that googles motto? How can they still take themselves seriously?

  • http://foolishmumbles.com Top Rated

    This seems to be a recurring problem with Facebook. Security and privacy that is. They do need to play hardball with partners when it concerns a threat to their core business. No different than the way Google slaps around it’s adSense and adWords partners.

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