Facebook’s new policy has been shortened by 70 percent, dropping the word count down from the current policy’s which has over 9,000 words to 2,700. The new policy is also more user-friendly and includes color coded, interactive features that are designed to encourage users to explore the possible ways for them to limit data sharing and advertising.
“Privacy Basics,” the title of this latest revision, was introduced on Thursday and will be finalized on Nov. 20 of this year. According to Facebook’s newsroom Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan, it is the most recent step taken to help users make certain that they are sharing only what they want with the people they want. It includes such things as privacy checkups, simplified audience selectors, and reminders when people post things that can be seen by the general public.
Another new feature that is raising some concern is the planned release of a tool that will allow you to buy things without exiting the website. This will mean that Facebook will have a record of your payment information, shipping address and billing address. This new level of information gathering is being added to the already invasive measures Facebook takes to collect user data including photo sharing, private messaging and contact information even if it is being published by other individuals. They have come under criticism before for its privacy policies. In 2012, a newly adjusted version drew the attention of the government of the European Union and the United States. The countries expressed concern about the sharing of individual’s private data with businesses without the consent of the user.
By Clara Goode
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