At 12PM ET / 9AM PT on the 14th, you’ll be able to ask questions and listen to what the company has to say about the policy changes, which include new features that Facebook has introduced since its last update. The page for this is: http://on.fb.me/fbdctalks
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Here’s what Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan had to say about the Data Use Policy today:
Today, we’re proposing improvements that respond to this feedback. We’re adding more examples and detailed explanations to help you understand our policies. For example, we include additional tips, marked with a light bulb so you can find them easily. We’ve added new links to our Help Center. We created a new section explaining how we use “cookies” and similar technologies and updated the corresponding explanations about cookies in our Help Center. We also provide more information about how we use data to operate Facebook, to advertise, and to promote safety and security for Facebook users. These examples and explanations are designed to help you understand what the Data Use Policy means in practice.
Facebook has definitely adopted a unique and transparent way of sharing these types of policies, especially since its run-in with the FTC which sparked Egan’s post as Chief Privacy Officer in the first place.
By airing out all of these changes before they come official, Facebook is doing a great service to its community. Also, when people end up complaining or questioning the company later, it’s easy to point them to the site governance process process it has set up for just this purpose.