Google Limits Access to Gmail, Android User Info

Lora Bentley
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Google is tired of always giving and getting nothing in return. The search giant will no longer allow Facebook or other sites automatic access to Gmail contact lists unless Facebook and the others show Google the same courtesy.


DigitalTrends points to a Google statement for explanation of the change. The company said:

We have decided to change our approach slightly to reflect the fact that users often aren't aware that once they have imported their contacts into sites like Facebook, they are effectively trapped.

The move reportedly comes in direct response to Facebook's new search deal with Bing and the decision to limit Google's access to Facebook information.


It is unclear how the change will affect other sites' use of Google information, but it's clear that the rivalry between Facebook and Google is growing more intense. Facebook, after all, did just launch its Places functionality, and Google has reportedly been working on its own social network for some time now.

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