Facebook announced that it’s updating its terms of service, data policy, and cookies policy to reflect new features, as it also tries to improve its advertising experience. There aren’t any changes to settings, but the way Facebook explains things is getting an update.
One change will be in how Facebook explains how it gets location information from users.
“Millions of people check into their favorite places and use optional features like Nearby Friends,” says Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan. “We’re working on ways to show you the most relevant information based on where you are and what your friends are up to. For example, in the future, if you decide to share where you are, you might see menus from restaurants nearby or updates from friends in the area.”
One part will be related to the Buy button Facebook is currently testing in some regions.
The data policy is shorter, and according to Facebook, clearer. There’s a new Privacy Basics privacy guide with tips and suggestions. Another update explains how battery and signal strength help apps work better. Another talks about how Facebook’s “family of companies and apps” work together.
“Over the past few years, Facebook has grown and we want to make sure you know about our family of companies, apps and services,” says Egan. “We use the information we collect to improve your experience. For example, if you’re locked out of your Instagram account, you can use your Facebook information to recover your password. Nothing in our updates changes the commitments that Instagram, WhatsApp and other companies have made to protect your information and your privacy.”
While there aren’t any actual changes to privacy settings, Facebook is giving users a little more control over ads they see.
“You can opt out of seeing ads on Facebook based on the apps and sites you use through the Digital Advertising Alliance,” says Egan. “You can also opt out using controls on iOS and Android. When you tell us you don’t want to see these types of ads, your decision automatically applies to every device you use to access Facebook. Also, we’re now making our ad preferences tool available in additional countries, beginning with Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK.”
Facebook will take comments from users on the changes until November 20, and will share the final updates shortly thereafter.
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