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Facebook lets users vote on privacy policies again

But only until 10 December
Tue Dec 04 2012, 10:52
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SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has changed its mind on its privacy policies yet again, and is asking its one billion users to help it decide.

Two weeks ago, Facebook announced to much criticism that its users no longer had a say in its privacy policies, due to the low quality of comments that it often received.

Now Facebook users will be able to vote on a number of the social network's privacy policies up until 10 December, including changes regarding how Facebook handles their data, the way it shares data with hipster photo app Instagram and, bizarrely, whether it should let people vote on such policies in the future.

These votes will be regulated by an independent auditor, Facebook explained, and could well have an effect on the way Facebook makes decisions regarding its privacy policies.

It said, "Some of you were concerned that by ending the vote mechanism, you were losing your ability to shape the policies that govern Facebook. To be clear, our goal in modifying our site governance process is to make sure that we receive feedback from you in the best, most productive way possible so that we can be responsive to your input."

Elliot Schrage, Facebook VP of Communications, Public Policy and Marketing explained, "Many of you provided us with ideas on how we could continue to meet that goal. You pointed out that our decision to update the process gives us an opportunity to innovate and search for new and better ways to enhance participation.

"We agree and will incorporate your suggestions into creating new tools that enhance communication on Facebook about privacy and governance."

This change of heart comes as a privacy group has revealed plans to sue Facebook over its privacy policies.

Reuters reports that campaign group europe-v-facebook is going after the social network for failing to do enough to protect the privacy of its members. The student group has already seen some success from going after Facebook, managing to get rid of its facial recognition photo tagging feature. µ

 

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