Cos (cos ) wrote,

Facebook Site Governance Vote

Facebook is holding a user vote on changing their rules. Voting ends at noon (Pacific time) this Monday, December 10th.

Although they provide a link to the current Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy and the new proposed Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and proposed Data Use Policy, the old and new versions are very similar and it's hard to see what is changing. So, I diff'ed the old and new versions for you.

I edited out some insignificant formatting changes, URLs, and corrections of typos, and left only what look like substantive differences. Lines beginning with < indicate text being removed from the old version, and > indicates text being added to the new version. Please share.

Edit: BTW, it seems to me the most significant changes in both documents is that the old versions have provisions for causing Facebook to hold a binding vote when they want to make some kinds of changes, and the new versions drop that. In the old version, a vote is only binding if 30% of Facebook users vote, and IIRC Facebook says they're dropping that because they never get 30% participation in the votes anyway.

Changes from the old SRR to the proposed new SRR:
  • < You will not use your personal timeline for your own commercial gain (such as selling your status update to an advertiser).
    > You will not use your personal timeline primarily for your own commercial gain, and will use a Facebook Page for such purposes.

  • < If you create or administer a Page on Facebook, you agree to our Pages Terms.
    > If you create or administer a Page on Facebook, or run a promotion or an offer from your Page, you agree to our Pages Terms.

  • < We can change this Statement if we provide you notice (by posting the change on the Facebook Site Governance Page) and an opportunity to comment. To get notice of any future changes to this Statement, visit our Facebook Site Governance Page and "like" the Page.
    < For changes to sections 7, 8, 9, and 11 (sections relating to payments, application developers, website operators, and advertisers), we will give you a minimum of three days notice. For all other changes we will give you a minimum of seven days notice. Comments to proposed changes will be made on the Facebook Site Governance Page.
    < If more than 7,000 users post a substantive comment on a particular proposed change, we will also give you the opportunity to participate in a vote in which you will be provided alternatives. The vote shall be binding on us if more than 30% of all active registered users as of the date of the notice vote.
    < We can make changes for legal or administrative reasons, or to correct an inaccurate statement, upon notice without opportunity to comment.
    > Unless we make a change for legal or administrative reasons, or to correct an inaccurate statement, we will provide you with seven (7) days notice (for example, by posting the change on the Facebook Site Governance Page) and an opportunity to comment on changes to this Statement. You can also visit our Facebook Site Governance Page and "like" the Page to get updates about changes to this Statement.


Changes from the old Data Use Policy to the proposed new one:

I. Information we receive and how it is used
  • < When you sign up for Facebook, you are required to provide your name, email address, birthday, and gender.
    > When you sign up for Facebook, you are required to provide information such as your name, email address, birthday, and gender.
    In some cases, you may be able to register using other information, like your telephone number.

  • < It also includes the information you choose to share when you take an action, such as when you add a friend, like a Page or a website, add a place to your story, find friends using our contact importers, or indicate you are in a relationship.
    > It also includes the information you choose to share when you take an action, such as when you add a friend, like a Page or a website, add a place to your story, use our contact importers, or indicate you are in a relationship.

  • < Sometimes we get data from our advertising partners, customers and other third parties that helps us (or them) deliver ads, understand online activity, and generally make Facebook better.
    > Sometimes we get data from our affiliates or our advertising partners, customers and other third parties that helps us (or them) deliver ads, understand online activity, and generally make Facebook better.

  • < You can control who can start a message thread with you using your How You Connect settings.
    < If they include others on that message, the others can reply too.
    > Anyone in a message conversation can reply to it.

  • < For example, we may use the information we receive about you:
    > For example, in addition to helping people see and find things that you do and share, we may use the information we receive about you:


II. Sharing and finding you on Facebook
  • > When you hide things on your timeline, like posts or connections, it means those things will not appear on your timeline.
    > But, remember, anyone in the audience of those posts or who can see a connection may still see it elsewhere, like on someone else's timeline or in search results.
    > You can also delete or change the audience of content you post.

  • < But remember, if you choose Friends, only your current Facebook friends will be able to find you this way.
    < Your "How You Connect" settings do not control whether people can find you or a link to your timeline when they search for content they have permission to see, like a photo or other story you've been tagged in.
    > But remember that people can still find you or a link to your timeline on Facebook through other people and the things they share about you or through other posts, like if you are tagged in a friend's photo or post something to a public page.
    > Your settings do not control whether people can find you or a link to your timeline when they search for content they have permission to see, like a photo or other story you've been tagged in.

  • < What your friends share about you
    > What your friends and others share about you

  • < If you are tagged in a private space (such as a message or a group) only the people who can see the private space can see the tag.
    < Similarly, if you are tagged in a comment, only the people who can see the comment can see the tag.
    > If you are linked to or tagged in a private space (such as a message or a group) only the people who can see the private space can see the link or tag.
    > Similarly, if you are linked to or tagged in a comment, only the people who can see the comment can see the link or tag.

  • > Other information
    > As described in the what your friends and others share about you section of this policy, your friends and others may share information about you.
    > They may share photos or other information about you and tag you in their posts.
    > If you do not like a particular post, tell them or report the post.


III. Other websites and applications
[ Note: Some text about Pages was removed from this section that exactly duplicates text in both the new and old versions of section II, so I do not show it as a change here. ]
  • < Remember that these games, applications and websites are created and maintained by other businesses and developers who are not part of Facebook, so you should always make sure to read their terms of service and privacy policies.
    > Remember that these games, applications and websites are created and maintained by other businesses and developers who are not part of, or controlled by, Facebook, so you should always make sure to read their terms of service and privacy policies to understand how they treat your data.

  • < When you connect with a game, application or website - such as by going to a game, logging in to a website using your Facebook account, or adding an app to your timeline - we give the game, application, or website (sometimes referred to as just "Applications" or "Apps") your basic info, which includes your User ID, as well your friends' User IDs (or your friend list) and your public information.
    > When you connect with a game, application or website - such as by going to a game, logging in to a website using your Facebook account, or adding an app to your timeline - we give the game, application, or website (sometimes referred to as just "Applications" or "Apps") your basic info (we sometimes call this your "public profile"), which includes your User ID and your public information.
    > We also give them your friends' User IDs (also called your friend list) as part of your basic info.

  • < You can see the permissions you have given these applications, the last time an application accessed your information, and the audience on Facebook for your timeline stories and activity the application posts on your behalf.
    > You can see the permissions you have given these applications, the last time an application accessed your information, and the audience on Facebook for timeline stories and activity the application posts on your behalf.

  • < When you first visit an app, Facebook lets the app know your language, your country, and whether you are under 18, between 18-20, or 21 and over.
    > When you first visit an app, Facebook lets the app know your language, your country, and whether you are in an age group, for instance, under 18, between 18-20, or 21 and over.

  • > For example, Apps may have reasons (e.g. legal obligations) to retain some data that you share with them.

  • < When you log in using Facebook, we give the site your User ID (just like when you connect with any other application), but we do not share your email address or password with that website through this process.
    > When you log in using Facebook, we give the site your User ID (just like when you connect with any other application), but we do not share your email address or password with that website through this process without your permission.

  • < Instant personalization is a way for Facebook to help partners (such as Bing and Rotten Tomatoes) on and off Facebook create a more personalized and social experience for logged in users than a social plugin can offer.
    > Instant personalization (sometimes also referred to as "Start now") is a way for Facebook to help partners (such as Bing and Rotten Tomatoes) on and off Facebook create a more personalized and social experience for logged in users than a social plugin can offer.

  • < If you turn off instant personalization, partner third party sites and apps will not be able to access your public information, even when your friends visit those sites.
    < If you turn off an instant personalization site or app after you have been using it or visited it a few times (or after you have given it specific permission to access your data), it will not automatically delete your data received through Facebook.
    < But the site is contractually required to delete your data if you ask it to.
    > If you turn off instant personalization, these partner third party sites and apps will not be able to access your public information, even when your friends visit those sites.
    > If you turn off an instant personalization site or app after you have been using it or visited it a few times (or after you have given it specific permission to access your data), it will not automatically delete information about you it received through Facebook.
    > Like all other apps, the site is required by our policies to delete information about you if you ask it to.

  • < For example, this agreement requires that the partner delete your data if you turn off instant personalization when you first visit the site or app.
    > For example, this agreement requires that the partner delete information about you if you turn off instant personalization when you first visit the site or app.


IV. How advertising and Sponsored Stories work
  • < We use the information we receive to deliver ads and to make them more relevant to you.
    > We use the information we receive, including the information you provide at registration or add to your account or timeline, to deliver ads and to make them more relevant to you.

  • > If you indicate that you are interested in topics, such as by liking a Page, including topics such as products, brands, religion, health status, or political views, you may see ads related to those topics as well.
    > We require advertisers to comply with our Advertising Guidelines, including provisions relating to the use of sensitive data.

  • < Advertisers sometimes place cookies on your computer in order to make their ads more effective.
    > Advertisers or their partners sometimes place cookies on your computer (or use other similar system technologies) in order to serve ads and to make their ads more effective.

  • < That's why we allow people to "sponsor" your stories to make sure your friends see them.
    > That's why we allow people to "sponsor" your stories to make sure your friends and subscribers see them.


V. Cookies, pixels and other system technologies
  • < To learn more about how advertisers generally use cookies and the choices advertisers provide, visit the Network Advertising Initiative, the Digital Advertising Alliance, the Internet Advertising Bureau (US), or the Internet Advertising Bureau (EU).
    < You can remove or block cookies or other similar technologies or block or remove other data stored on your computer or device (such as by using the various settings in your browser), but it may affect your ability to use Facebook or other websites and apps.
    > To learn more about how advertisers generally use cookies and the choices advertisers provide, visit the Network Advertising Initiative at http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp, the Digital Advertising Alliance at http://www.aboutads.info/, the Internet Advertising Bureau (US) at http://www.iab.net or the Internet Advertising Bureau (EU) at http://youronlinechoices.eu/.
    > Refer to your browser or device's help material to learn what controls you can often use to remove or block cookies or other similar technologies or block or remove other data stored on your computer or device (such as by using the various settings in your browser).
    > If you do this, it may affect your ability to use Facebook or other websites and apps.


VI. Some other things you need to know
  • > We also may retain information from accounts disabled for violations of our terms for at least a year to prevent repeat abuse or other violations of our terms.

  • < You can control most of the notifications you receive, including ones from Pages you like and applications you use, using your Notifications settings.
    > You can control most of the notifications you receive, including ones from Pages you like and applications you use, using controls we provide, such as a control included in the email you receive or in your "Notifications" settings.

  • < We offer tools to help you upload your friends' contact information so that you and others can find friends on Facebook, and invite friends who do not use Facebook to join.
    > We offer tools to help you upload your friends' contact information so that you and others can find friends on Facebook, and invite friends who do not use Facebook to join, and so we can offer you and others better experiences on Facebook through suggestions and other customized experiences.

  • < When you invite a friend to join Facebook, we send a message on your behalf using your name, and up to two reminders.
    < We may also include names and pictures of other people your friend might know on Facebook.
    < The invitation will also give your friend the opportunity to opt out of receiving other invitations to join Facebook.
    > When you invite a friend to join Facebook, we send a message on your behalf using your name, and we may also include names and pictures of other people your friend might know on Facebook.
    > We'll also send a few reminders to those you invite, but the invitation will also give your friend the opportunity to opt out of receiving other invitations to join Facebook.

  • > Affiliates
    > We may share information we receive with businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies that Facebook is part of, or that become part of that group (often these companies are called affiliates).
    > Likewise, our affiliates may share information with us as well.
    > This sharing is done in compliance with applicable laws including where such applicable laws require consent.
    > We and our affiliates may use shared information to help provide, understand, and improve our services and their own services.

  • < For example, we may use outside vendors to help host our website, serve photos and videos, process payments, analyze data, measure the effectiveness of ads, or provide search results.
    > For example, we may use outside vendors to help host our website, serve photos and videos, process payments, analyze data, conduct and publish research, measure the effectiveness of ads, or provide search results.

  • < If we make changes to this Data Use Policy we will notify you by publication here and on the Facebook Site Governance Page
    > If we make changes to this Data Use Policy we will notify you (for example, by publication here and on the Facebook Site Governance Page).

  • < Opportunity to comment and vote
    < If we receive more than 7000 comments concerning a particular change, we will put the change up for a vote.
    < The vote will be binding on us if more than 30% of all active registered users as of the date of the notice vote.
    > Opportunity to comment
    > After the comment period, if we adopt any changes, we will provide notice (for example, on the Facebook Site Governance Page or in this policy) of the effective date.

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 3 comments