If you’ve got a Facebook account, then you’ve gotten the email… Facebook is offering users a chance to review changes to their Data Use policy before the changes come into effect. So, as a responsible user, are you ready to comb through the multiple pages of fine print to see what’s changed? If you’re not, here are a few of the highlights:
Facebook Privacy and Data Use: What’s New?
I’ve listed below a reasonably comprehensive side-by-side comparison of the major changes to the Facebook Data Use policy. I’ve left out minor changes, and found little of note, except for a very interesting item at the very end in regards to the user’s ability to protest changes to Data Use policy.
- Your Information: In addition to registering with email address, etc. Facebook has now added the following text to this section, “In some cases, you may be able to register using other information, like your telephone number.”
- Contact: Facebook has changed their policy regarding who can contact you – the text used to read, “Your Facebook email address includes your public username like so: email@example.com. You can control who can start a message thread with you using your How You Connect settings. If they include others on that message, the others can reply too.” It now reads, “Now reads: Your Facebook email address includes your public username like so: firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone on a message thread can reply to it.” (emphasis mine)
- Timelines: Facebook’s connections section used to read: “But remember, if you choose Friends, only your current Facebook friends will be able to find you this way. Your “How You Connect” settings do not control whether people can find you or a link to your timeline when they search for content they have permission to see, like a photo or other story you’ve been tagged in.” It now reads, “But remember that people can still find you or a link to your timeline on Facebook through other people and the things they share about you or through other posts, like if you are tagged in a friend’s photo or post something to a public page.“
- Other Information: This is a completely new addition: “As described in the what your friends and others share about you section of this policy, your friends and others may share information about you. They may share photos or other information about you and tag you in their posts. If you do not like a particular post, tell them or report the post.“
- Log in with Facebook: The original text read, “When you log in using Facebook, we give the site your User ID (just like when you connect with any other application), but we do not share your email address or password with that website through this process.” It now reads slightly differently, so watch for those ‘May we have permission’ popups. New text, “When you log in using Facebook, we give the site your User ID (just like when you connect with any other application), but we do not share your email address or password with that website through this process without your permission.” (emphasis mine)
- Responding to Legal Requests and Preventing Harm: This text is completely new, “We also may retain information from accounts disabled for violations of our terms for at least a year to prevent repeat abuse or other violations of our terms.“
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