Facebook updates terms and policies, introduces interactive privacy guides

Facebook continues with its plan to make the social network’s privacy settings easier to understand, and has introduced Privacy Basics.

Private Basics is a page where users can go through a number of interactive guides that explain things like what others see about you, how to block other users, what to do if your account has been hacked, and so on.

In short, this is the place where the most commonly asked questions about Facebook use are answered in a way that can be understood by all. Depending on the language you set on you Facebook account, you might see the information in your own language (the information is available in 36 languages).

“We’re also proposing updates to our terms, data policy, and cookies policy,” Erin Egan, Facebook Chief Privacy Officer shared in a post. “We’re updating our policies to explain how we get location information depending on the features you decide to use.”

Other changes have also been added, and some policies apparently simplified. If you are a Facebook user, I urge you to peruse the changes and to offer comments – if you have any. You should know what Facebook does with your information and how it tracks you online, so that you can make an informed choice about using (or stop using) the social network.

The deadline is November 20.

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