Facebook Nation: privacy changes go to a 270 million-user vote
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 03/06/2012 14:35
Facebook has opened voting on changes to its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, which include some proposed modifications by the community as of June 1, largely a result of rallying activity by our-policy.org. In the spirit of democracy, at least 30 percent of Facebook's user base, just over 270 million people, must participate in the vote in order for the changes to be binding in either direction.
Many privacy groups and policy entities, including the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, have called out Facebook over the past couple of years for the broad rights it grants itself with users' data. A group of Austrian students led by Max Schrems began campaigning for the company to change its privacy rules to better comply with European policy and give its customers better control of their data with regard to deletion, usage in advertising on the site, and usage by third-party apps. The group started the website europe-v-facebook.org in 2011 to organize the effort.
You get a vote on whether to accept Facebook's revised policies, thanks to the efforts of a European activist.