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Compare & Vote on Facebook’s Proposed & Current SRR & Data Use Policy

The 2012 Facebook Governance Vote

OK, brace yourselves. This is not going to be an exciting read…but it should be very, very helpful to  many of the nearly half-billion users on Facebook, including businesses with a Facebook Page – or anyone just really, really interested in Facebook.

Earlier today, Facebook announced they would be opening up the vote to every Facebook user as to whether they would continue using the existing SRR (Statement of Rights and Responsibilities) and Data Use Policy or adopt a new, proposed pair – or any combination of the four.

The voting goes from December 4, 2012 – December 10, 2012. That’s not a lot of time, so read and share quickly.

Proposed SRR (Statement of Rights and Responsibilities)
Current SRR (Statement of Rights and Responsibilities)

Proposed Data Use Policy
Current Data Use Policy 

Facebook's 2012 Site Governance Vote

Go to the 2012 Facebook Governance Vote

 

Now, Facebook so conveniently decided to not provide any specific details as to the exact changes/updates/omissions to their proposed policies – but don’t worry, I’ve done the excruciatingly painful work of sifting out every change.

Grab the biggest Red Bull or cup of coffee you can find and read on to find out what’s changed.

 

SRR (Statement of Rights & Responsibilities) Comparison

4. Registration and Account Security

  • Proposed: “4. You will not use your personal timeline primarily for your own commercial gain, and will use a Facebook Page for such purposes.”
  • Current: “4. You will not use your personal timeline for your own commercial gain (such as selling your status update to an advertiser).”

12. Special Provisions Applicable to Pages

  • Proposed: “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.”
  • Current: “If you create or administer a Page on Facebook, you agree to our Pages Terms (http://www.facebook.com/terms_pages.php).”

14. Amendments

  • Proposed: 
    • “1. 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.”
    • “2. If we make changes to policies referenced in or incorporated by this Statement, we may provide notice on the Site Governance Page.”
    • “3. Your continued use of Facebook following changes to our terms constitutes your acceptance of our amended terms.”
    • Items 4, 5 & 6 have been removed.
  • Current:
    • “1. 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.”
    • “2. 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.”
    • “3. 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.”
    • “4. If we make changes to policies referenced in or incorporated by this Statement, we may provide notice on the Site Governance Page.”
    • “5. We can make changes for legal or administrative reasons, or to correct an inaccurate statement, upon notice without opportunity to comment.”
    • “6. Your continued use of Facebook following changes to our terms constitutes your acceptance of our amended terms.”

 

Data Use Policy Comparison

 I. Information we receive and how it is used

  • Registration Information
    • Proposed: “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.”
    • Current: “When you sign up for Facebook, you are required to provide your name, email address, birthday, and gender.”
  • Information you choose to share
    • Proposed: “…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.”
    • Current: “…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.”
  • Other Information we receive about you
    • Proposed: “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. For example, an advertiser may tell us information about you (like how you responded to an ad on Facebook or on another site) in order to measure the effectiveness of – and improve the quality of – ads.”
    • Current: “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. For example, an advertiser may tell us information about you (like how you responded to an ad on Facebook or on another site) in order to measure the effectiveness of – and improve the quality of – ads.”

Information that is always publicly available

  • Usernames and User IDs
    • Proposed:  
      • “Your Facebook email address includes your public username like so: username@facebook.com. Anyone in a message conversation can reply to it.”
    • Current: 
      • “Your Facebook email address includes your public username like so: username@facebook.com. 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.”
  • How we use the information we receive
    • Proposed: “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:”
    • Current: “”For example, we may use the information we receive about you:”
  • Deleting and deactivating your account
    • Deactivate
      • Proposed: “You can deactivate your account at: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=security”
      • Current: “You can deactivate your account on your account settings page [https://www.facebook.com/editaccount.php].”

II. Sharing and finding you on Facebook

  • Control over your Timeline
    • Proposed: “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.”
    • Current: Does not exist.
  • Finding you on Facebook
    • Proposed: “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.”
    • Current: “But remember, if you choose Friends, only your current Facebook friends will be able to find you this way.”
    • Proposed: “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. “
    • Current: “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.”

What your friends and others share about you

  • Links and Tags
    • Proposed: ” 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.”
    • Current: “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.”
  • Other Information
    • Proposed: “As described in the what your friends and others share about you [https://www.facebook.com/legal/proposeddup#whatfriendsshare] 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 [https://www.facebook.com/help/181495968648557/].”
    • Current: Does not exist.

III. Other websites and applications

  • About Facebook Platform
    • Proposed: “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.”
    • Current: “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.”
  • Controlling what information you share with applications
    • Proposed: “…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.”
    • Current: “…(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.”
    • Proposed: “…For example, Apps may have reasons (e.g. legal obligations) to retain some data that you share with them.”
    • Current: Does not exist.
  • Logging in to another site using Facebook
    • Proposed: “…but we do not share your email address or password with that website through this process without your permission..”
    • Current: “…but we do not share your email address or password with that website through this process.”
  • About instant personalization
    • Proposed: “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.”
    • Current: “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.”
    • Proposed: “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.”
    • Current: “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.”
    • Proposed: “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.”
    • Current: “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.”
  • How it works
    • Proposed: “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”
    • Current: “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.”

 IV. How advertising and Sponsored Stories work

  • Proposed: “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. This includes all of the things you share and do on Facebook, such as the Pages you like or key words from your stories, and the things we infer from your use of Facebook. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/help/?page=226611954016283″
  • Current: “We use the information we receive to deliver ads and to make them more relevant to you. This includes all of the things you share and do on Facebook, such as the Pages you like or key words from your stories, and the things we infer from your use of Facebook. Learn More [https://www.facebook.com/help/?page=226611954016283].”
  • Personalized ads
    • Proposed: “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. Learn more about cookies, pixels and other system technologies [https://www.facebook.com/legal/proposeddup#cookies].”
    • Current: “Advertisers sometimes place cookies on your computer in order to make their ads more effective. Learn more about cookies, pixels and other system technologies [http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/cookies].”
  • Sponsored stories
    • Proposed: “That’s why we allow people to “sponsor” your stories to make sure your friends and subscribers see them.”
    • Current: “That’s why we allow people to “sponsor” your stories to make sure your friends see them.”

V. Cookies, pixels and other similar technologies

  • Proposed: “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. “
  • Current: “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.”
  • Responding to legal requests and preventing harm
    • Proposed: “…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.”
    • Current: Does not exist.
  • Notifications and other settings
    • Proposed: “…using controls we provide, such as a control included in the email you receive or in your “Notifications” settings.”
    • Current: “…using your Notifications settings [https://www.facebook.com/editaccount.php?notifications].”
  • Friend Finder
    • Proposed: “…and so we can offer you and others better experiences on Facebook through suggestions and other customized experiences.”
    • Current: Does not exist.
  • Service Providers
    • Proposed: “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.”
    • Current: “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.”
  • Opportunity to comment and vote
    • Proposed: “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.”
    • Current: “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.”

Read, Vote & Share away

There you have it – every Proposed and Current item in Facebook’s 2012 Proposed and Current SRR and Data Use Policy.

Keep this post handy as a reference, and be sure to let anyone on Facebook know that a ‘Facebook Privacy Notice’ pasted into their Status won’t actually change anything – but voting, and knowing what you sign or agree to will. Even if you didn’t read the Agreement (we know you didn’t).

View the Full Facebook Blog Post on the Site Governance Vote

Happy voting!


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2 Comments

  1. Posted December 6, 2012 at 2:32 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for compiling these comparisons. I was having a headache just going through both proposed SRR and current SRR to find out the differences.

  2. Chris Caudell
    Posted December 6, 2012 at 2:55 AM | Permalink

    Most notable change I see is opportunity to comment and vote. If these proposed changes are passed, future changes will no longer be put to a vote. Changes elsewhere appear to be clean-up language to align policies with industry standards and to address newer technology use, and those I would support. However, I believe the changes give 7 days for Facebook users to comment and Facebook will post the effective date of the change and do away with the vote. This is insufficient comment period and removal of being able to vote, which I do not support. I will vote to keep current policy.

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