Facebook Voting on Updated Policies
December 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm #174004
From The Next Web:
Facebook opens up 7-day public governance vote on revised data use policy
After facing criticism to proposed updates to its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, Facebook has amended the proposed changes. Starting today and running through December 10, users can vote on the policy.
The company notes that most of the comments it received were regarding planned changes to its site governance process. Facebook said last month that it was looking to do away with the voting system for changes to its policies. If I understand this correctly, you’re effectively voting on whether to keep voting.
Consumer groups have strongly opposed the changes, claiming that the new policies would violate an existing settlement between Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission. The company settled with the FTC last year, agreeing to independent third-party audits for the next 20 years.
December 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm #174006
IMO rather important to get this word out AND VOTE
Barring a miracle, you’re going to lose your ability to vote on Facebook privacy changes on Monday
You, and a billion other Facebook users, only have five days left to take part in an important vote about how your personal data is used by Facebook.
After 12:00pm PST on Monday December 10th, 2012, it will be too late to cast your vote in the “Facebook Site Governance Vote”.
Facebook users are being asked to vote as to whether Facebook should stick with its current SRR (Statement of Rights and Responsibilities) and Data Use Policy, or roll-out a new version proposed by Facebook’s management.
If you vote for Facebook’s proposed new versions of these documents, then this is what you’re agreeing to:
Facebook will no longer ask users to vote on governance changes. Instead, users will be allowed to submit questions to Facebook’s chief privacy officer, and attend webcast discussions etc. In short, you’ve lost your chance to vote forever.
The proposed new data use policy would allow Facebook to use data from affiliates and advertising partners “to tell us information about you” and “improve the quality of ads.”
In all likelihood, this is part of Facebook’s plan to build up a more precise picture of its many users, helping it target advertising more effectively, and using data not only from its own site but those it has recently acquired such as Instagram.
New filtering tools for managing your incoming messages on Facebook.
Changes to the way Facebook refers to some of its products.
Facebook to be clearer about who can see what on users’ timelines and the news feed.
Facebook to provide tips on how to manage your timeline.
Some of these proposals from Facebook are definitely not controversial, and might even be a good thing, but the first two changes (losing the right to vote, and Facebook sharing data with its affiliates and partners) definitely are ringing alarm bells for some.
And that’s why so far many more people have voted against Facebook’s proposed changes, and to keep the existing SRR and Data Use Policy instead.
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