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Facebook unveils Anonymous Login for apps to improve user privacy

Facebook will allow users to hide personal information from third-party apps with new privacy features.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: May 4, 2015 8:29:20 am
Facebook, facebook Anonymous login, Facebook app privacy, privacy, social media Users can choose to hide personal information from third-party apps. (Source: Reuters)

Facebook in a move to further personalise user’s experience, has come out with two new features which allows people to have more control over their personal information. The social networking giant today announced -Anonymous Login and Facebook Login- on their official blog. While Anonymous Login will allow users to log into apps more privately, Facebook Login is aimed at providing its users with better privacy control settings.

The announcement was made after some users complained of having to share their personal information with apps and wanted more control over the information received by apps.

Anonymous Login lets people log in to apps so they don’t have to remember usernames and passwords, but it doesn’t share personal information from Facebook. People can decide later if they want to share any additional information, once they understand more about the apps,” said the Facebook blog.

Last year, people logged into apps and websites with Facebook Login over 10 billion times. This allowed them to log into the apps with the same usernames and passwords. The Anonymous Login is currently being tested and can be expect to be available soon .

Facebook also plans to roll out the new Facebook Login in the coming months. The new version of the login will allow users to choose what information they share with an app. The feature gives people an option of unchecking categories of information. “For example, if someone wants to share their email address with an app, but not their birthday, they can make that choice with a couple taps,” according to the blog.

The new Facebook Login also requires permission to post to Facebook wall. In order to keep a track of all the connected apps, Facebook has also modified it’s App Control Panel and has announced a newly designed dashboard where people can see a list of apps they use, manage specific permissions, or remove apps entirely. The redesigned app control panel is also expected to release soon.

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