Revised Facebook privacy policy draws protests

Deborah Gage, Chronicle Staff Writer

(02-18) 00:03 PST San Francisco — Facebook has apparently bowed to pressure from users who protested a change to the social networking site’s privacy policy and returned to its original policy – at least for now.

The new policy drew protests from some Facebook users who said it allowed Facebook to control their information indefinitely, even after they discontinue their accounts. 

 

The site posted a “terms of use” update on users’ home pages Tuesday night saying that it would return to the previous terms of use while it “resolves the issues that people have raised.”

 

On the Facebook blog, CEO Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday night said that users will be involved in crafting the new terms.

Facebook, in Palo Alto, updated the policy Feb. 4, but the changes were little noticed until Sunday, when they were picked up by a blog, Consumerist.com, which is now run by the publisher of Consumer Reports.

The notice on users’ home pages Tuesday night read, “Over the past few days, we have received a lot of good feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.”

The new policy isn’t much different from the old, but people have taken issue with the deletion of language that said Facebook’s license to use members’ information would “automatically expire” if the content were removed.

Zuckerberg tried to clarify the amended policy Monday in a blog post in which he pointed out that even if Facebook members choose to leave the site, their friends still retain copies of any messages or other information they chose to share on Facebook.

“One of the reasons we updated our terms was to make this more clear,” he said, adding, “We wouldn’t share your information in a way you wouldn’t want.”

Zuckerberg added that Facebook has more work to do to clarify its stance on privacy and inevitably would make some missteps.

Earlier Tuesday, Facebook was taking hits for the new policy. One blog post linked to Consumerist.com compares the policy with those of other social networking sites – MySpace, Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and Picasa.

Signed Amanda French, the post called Facebook’s privacy claims “extraordinarily grabby and arrogant.”

E-mail Deborah Gage at dgage@sfchronicle.com.

 

Original Article

 

 

 
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: