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Facebook Privacy rules changing: data collection, use, personalized ads

Facebook Privacy rules changing: data collection, use, personalized ads

The Chief Privacy Officer of Policy for Facebook Erin Egan has this week begun setting down a series of changes to several of the key Facebook Governing Documents, with emphasis placed on their Data Use Policy and their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. For the average Facebook user, this means you'll be seeing Facebook make public edits to documents stating their intentions with collecting and using data you provide. It also means Facebook is editing the rules that apply to both you and Facebook when you choose to use the social network.

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Facebook invites privacy feedback after policy updates

Facebook invites privacy feedback after policy updates

Facebook has re-opened feedback for its contentious Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, asking users who expressed a particular interest in social network privacy for their opinions on the site. The site sent messages to more than 2,000 registered members - each of whom who have previously "Liked" the Facebook Site Governance Page - notifying them that they have until April 27 to make their voice heard on whether recent modifications to how Facebook handles user privacy meet with their approval.

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Facebook at eye of privacy firestorm

Facebook at eye of privacy firestorm

Facebook's recent changes to its privacy policy was meant to be a vote of support for furious job applicants reluctant to hand over their passwords to potential employers; in actual fact they've reignited a firestorm. The social network amended its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities in the aftermath of reports that some companies and schools were demanding Facebook access as an extended background check, threatening legal action for sharing or soliciting a password. However, the tweaks drew focus to just what, exactly, the privacy policy spells out, and neither users nor privacy regulators are liking what they read.

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Facebook: No “immediate plans” for password legal action

Facebook: No “immediate plans” for password legal action

Facebook may have updated its policies to stop employers demanding user's passwords for the social network, but the company says it has "no current plans" to follow through on the legal action it originally threatened. The change to the Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities followed widespread reports earlier this month that some companies were requesting access to new job applicants' accounts, so as to comb through for signs of unwanted behavior. Although the policy update was announced with plenty of fighting talk, Facebook now tells us that it will be looking to negotiation around best-practice before resorting to the courts.

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Facebook threatens legal action for password-demanding employers

Facebook threatens legal action for password-demanding employers

Facebook has sharply criticized employers who demand applicants passwords to the social network, changing its policies to make soliciting login credentials a violation, and threatening legal action against companies that do so. "If you are a Facebook user, you should never have to share your password, let anyone access your account, or do anything that might jeopardize the security of your account or violate the privacy of your friends" Facebook's chief privacy officer Erin Egan says of the social network's decision. "We’ll take action to protect the privacy and security of our users, whether by engaging policymakers or, where appropriate, by initiating legal action."

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Facebook still on the wrong side of EU privacy law fence

Facebook still on the wrong side of EU privacy law fence

Privacy on Facebook has been a huge topic as the giant social network makes moves to squeeze as much profit out of its huge user base as possible. As the social network grows many feel privacy is going by the wayside for users of the network. In fact, to German privacy advocacy firms are not satisfied with Facebook's new privacy guidelines and claim the social network still violates German and European privacy laws.

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