Have Just A Phone Number? iOS 6 Facebook Integration Can Fill In The Blanks [Corrected]

Posted on: September 28, 2012

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And yet FaceBook, WITHOUT your knowledge or permission, will also post your phone number to your profile and the LOWEST privacy setting you have is ‘Friends’. Here is another reason that info should NEVER be requested… READ ON…


A tipster pointed out to us that Facebook integration in iOS 6 could fill in details someone might not otherwise have if they get a hold of a phone number and put it into their Contacts app. Daniel Ioffe noticed that should a number in Contacts correspond to a Facebook profile, it’ll populate that entry with a profile photo and Facebook user name, even if all of the above information is kept private by the user.

[Update: There is no bug or new privacy issue, based on follow-up discussions with Facebook about this feature. Here’s some more detail on what we know. If users mark their phone numbers to “Only Me” in the About section of their profiles, the number will stay private to only them.

However, Facebook has a separate privacy setting in the “How You Connect” section of your Privacy Settings page. Within the…

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