By Jeff Bertolucci
“Many websites’ privacy policies are challenging for people to understand because they are often written for regulators and privacy advocates, not the majority of people who actually use those websites,” reads a Friday post on the Facebook Site Governance blog.
…versus that of the proposed new policy:
Old (in tiny print): “Information set to “everyone” is publicly available information, just like your name, profile picture, and connections. Such information may, for example, be accessed by everyone on the Internet (including people not logged into Facebook), be indexed by third party search engines, and be imported, exported, distributed, and redistributed by us and others without privacy limitations. Such information may also be associated with you, including your name and profile picture, even outside of Facebook, such as on public search engines and when you visit other sites on the internet. The default privacy setting for certain types of information you post on Facebook is set to “everyone.” You can review and change the default settings in your privacy settings. If you delete “everyone” content that you posted on Facebook, we will remove it from your Facebook profile, but have no control over its use outside of Facebook.”
And the new wording: “Choosing to share your information with Everyone is exactly what it sounds like: anyone, including people off of Facebook, will be able to see it.”
The new section continues with bullets–and considerably less legalese–to convey the salient points.
How About More Protection?
“What I would like to see is a description of what happens when you delete your own posts, messages, photos, and other information. Are they really deleted? Or are they ‘archived?’ I would prefer that they disappear from the server entirely (I realize they would still exist in backups),” writes Gail Hunn.
And Jaymie Zalameda – Alviar writes: “I do hope you could come up on how to protect my pictures from being ‘tagged’ by others. That approval of the owner should be required before others tag it…”