updated 6/30/2010 4:10:28 PM ET 2010-06-30T20:10:28

Facebook is rolling out a new feature that requires outside applications and websites to tell users exactly what parts of their profile they need to access in order to work.

Applications already had to ask users for permission to access anything in their profile that wasn't public. But they didn't have to specify what information they were using. Such information can include your photos, your friends' birthdays or your e-mail address.

The world's largest online social network announced the change in April. It's part of Facebook's cooperation with Canada's privacy commissioner, who has been among the sharpest critics of the company's privacy policies.

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