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Facebook Clarifies Privacy Policy, Knocks Google+

Submitted by on April 29, 2012 – 1:05 pm2 Comments

Facebook released revised changes to their terms-of-use statement on Friday, after users had a chance to read and comment on the original proposals earlier. The social network giant is attempting to quell privacy concerns as it moves forward with its initial public offering.

Facebook sought to clarify that the new Statement of Rights and Responsibilities would not reflect any major changes in privacy policy:

Some of our users and a number of journalists mistook the proposed update to our SRR for changes to the way we collect or use data. Our Data Use Policy (which used to be called our privacy policy) governs how we collect and use data. We are not proposing any updates to that document at this time. Instead, we proposed some mostly administrative and clarifying changes (e.g., “profile” to “timeline”) to the SRR.

Elsewhere, Facebook stressed that the change from “Privacy Policy” to “Data Use Policy” was a change in name alone, and was in fact made months ago.

A full review of the proposed changes and explanations is available in a blog post here.

In papers filed ahead of the company going public, privacy concerns hung over Facebook as a rare threat to success. The company admitted that extended concerns could drive away users.

But Facebook was quick to point out that “unlike other internet companies”, they solicited public comments on policy changes before enacting them. The dig was a thinly veiled shot at Google, which caused a public uproar when they announced involuntary changes to they data use policy recently.

What do you think? Is Facebook really concerned about your privacy?

[via CNN]

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