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Google turns off GMail data feed to Facebook

The new policy would be implemented over the next few weeks.

Google on Monday announced that it will no longer allow Facebook to automatically import its "Contacts" unless the social networking site also, in turn, enables the information to be similarly exported to other sites.

"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 onto sites like Facebook, they are effectively trapped," Google said, as reported by Reuters.

The new policy would be implemented over the next few weeks.

Currently, Google lets others access the data it holds on users of its many services via Application Programming Interface API - an interface implemented by a software programme that enables it to interact with other software.

Before the policy switch, sites such as Facebook used Google's API to let their users automatically import GMail contacts so they could register and find those who also use the service.