So what’s different about the new privacy rules?
In the new Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, Facebook now goes into greater detail about user privacy and explains what the changes in the documents’ wording means for users.
In March, Facebook made changes to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy, which outlines how Facebook control user privacy and protects user safety. It asked users for feedback and received 150,000 comments. Facebook used that feedback to improve the new policies, and it’s now asking users to vote on which policy you prefer, new or old.
The company said a lot of users simply asked for expanded explanations on certain sections, which they did. The new Data Use Policy includes an entire section with examples, to make things more clear. Facebook says the “vast majority” of changes between the two documents are changes in wording and how sections are explained, not how user data is captured.
Is my vote going to count?
Facebook says that “if more than 30% of all active registered users vote, the results will be binding. If turnout is less than 30%, the vote will be advisory.”
Well 30% of Facebook users would mean, 300 million people will have to vote to make this definitive. That’s roughly the same number as the population of the U.S.
How can I Vote?
You can vote here, by using the Facebook Voting app. Voting started this Friday and ends the following week, Friday June 8 at 9 a.m. PT. As of time of writing only 85,000 votes have been cast, so there’s some way to go.
Are you going to vote? For which policy and why? Let us know in the comments.