Posted by Bradley W. Deacon
A recent article in the New York Times by Nick Bilton, ‘Girls Around Me: An App Takes Creepy to a New Level’ raises some important questions of whether a person granting access to third-party Apps to their Facebook, Twitter, Four Square etc are really aware what in fact they are granting access too.
We have all experienced it, you see an App on Facebook where usually you are invited by a friend to join and before you know it you have clicked on it and up pops a notice about access to your Facebook account.
Once you have read Nick Bilton’s article below, ask yourself these questions.
- Are we desensitized to understanding the ramifications for granting access to third-party Apps?
- Do we trust the App just because our friends have sent it to us?
- Do our children really understand what access to their Facebook account may show?
Whilst the App has since been removed it is a timely reminder to understand what you are granting access to when you opt in for such Apps via social media.
Most importantly share this information with your children and maybe suggest they check with you before they grant third-part Apps access.