Monday, November 26, 2012

Facebook Proposed Updates Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities

On Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 9:34 p.m. EST, I received the following message via email from Facebook:

            Subject:  Updates to Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities

We recently announced some proposed updates to our Data Use Policy, which explains how we collect and use data when people use Facebook, and our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR), which explains the terms governing use of our services. The updates provide you with more detailed information about our practices and reflect changes to our products, including:

-New tools for managing your Facebook Messages;
-Changes to how we refer to certain products;
-Tips on managing your timeline; and
-Reminders about what's visible to other people on Facebook.

We are also proposing changes to our site governance process for future updates to our Data Use Policy and SRR. We deeply value the feedback we receive from you during our comment period but have found that the voting mechanism created a system that incentivized quantity of comments over the quality of them. So, we are proposing to end the voting component in order to promote a more meaningful environment for feedback. We also plan to roll out new engagement channels, including a feature for submitting questions about privacy to our Chief Privacy Officer of Policy.

We encourage you to review these proposed changes and give us feedback before we finalize them. Please visit the "Documents" tab of the Facebook Site Governance Page to learn more about these changes and to submit comments before 9:00 a.m. PST on November 28, 2012.

You can also follow and like the Site Governance Page for updates on this process and on any future changes to our Data Use Policy or SRR.

It is important to share your thoughts and concerns with Facebook in the event that they actually take user feedback into account. We’ll see.

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