Finally! Facebook signs app privacy agreement

FACEBOOK became the seventh company to agree to give people advance warning if its mobile applications pull personal information from mobile phones and tablet computers.

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said that the agreement includes Facebook’s own applications, as well as those made by third parties in its recently-launched App Center.

The agreement requires mobile apps seeking to collect personal information to display their privacy policies before their app is installed on a device.

Facebook says it incorporated the principles of the privacy agreement when it was designing its App Center.

The other six companies are Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Research in Motion and Hewlett-Packard.
Facebook has also made it easier for users to fix embarrassing mistakes made in their Facebook posts.

The giant social network said it started allowing users to edit their comments, avoiding a more cumbersome deletion.

“For instance, if I join a thread and write a long comment but make a typo, I’ll now be able to go edit it instead of having to delete it and repost,” spokeswoman Johanna Peace said.

“We’ll also be showing the editing history for a comment so that subsequent commenters or likers have the full context of the conversation. It’s rolling out now and should be live to everyone in the next couple days.”