Facebook revises privacy policy

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Today, the number-one social networking site announced a revamp of their current privacy policy, making it “clearer and more comprehensive”. The changes were made, in part, to improve its relationship with the Canada’s privacy commissioner.

“In this revision, we’re fulfilling our commitment to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to update our privacy policy to better describe a number of practices,” Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s head of communications, wrote on the site’s official blog.

“Specifically, we’ve included sections that further explain the privacy setting you can choose to make your content viewable by everyone, the difference between de-activating and deleting your account, and the process of memorializing an account once we’ve received a report that the account holder is deceased.”

The proposed policy also provided details on advertising in the site such as making the “the ads you see on Facebook relevant and interesting” and “anonymized” advertising provided to advertisers.

In their effort to improve their transparency, the site’s privacy policy is available for users’ review and comments until noon Pacific time on November 5.

“This is the next step in our ongoing effort to run Facebook in an open and transparent way.”

Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2355002,00.asp