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Facebook’s New Year Gift: Simplified Terms and Conditions
Screenshot: Facebook Privacy Basic

Facebook’s New Year Gift: Simplified Terms and Conditions

Today 1st January, 2015 Facebook says bye-bye to the bamboozling long and complicated jargon tagged ‘Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions’ that requires one to have multiple law degrees to understand.

In response to users complains and enquiry on how they get and use information, Facebook in November, 2014 announced they were updating their terms and policies on January 1, 2015 and introducing Privacy Basics. In the announcement signed by its Global Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan, they hope these updates improve users experience and emphasized that protecting people’s information and providing meaningful privacy controls are at the core of everything they do.

When we took a quick survey on Facebook users in Kaduna, it was vividly clear that most users were completely not aware of what they have signed up for. To some few who have taken time to read through them, they says the rules have been designed to protect the organisations in the event of legal action rather than to convey information. Besides, to use the service I most agree to the terms (Quote).

Privacy Basics

With Privacy Basics, the social network now breaks down all aspects of the site’s terms of use for users in simple infographics – showing people how to manage their privacy settings. In simple terms it helps you make sure you’re sharing with the people you want. Stuffs like untagging, unfriending, blocking, and how to choose an audience for each of your posts are among the key features.

Facebook privacy basics

Facebook Privacy Basics

Things to explore are privacy checkup, reminder for people posting publicly and simplified audience selectors. Others are control over ads you see, managing ads preference from a single device and having it reflect on all other devices and browsers, pay button for more convenient purchase without leaving Facebook, among others.

 Policy Update

In response to people who have asked for better explanation on how they get and use information, Facebook in the updated policies explain how they get location information,how they use the information they receive and how and what information they share with advertising companies.

Nothing Changed

While the new policy and terms of use comes with news contents, Facebook says “Nothing in our updates changes the commitments that Instagram, WhatsApp and other companies have made to protect your information and your privacy”.

Though some of these services (payment and location sharing) are in testing stage in some select regions, the new Privacy Basic is available in 36 languages (unfortunately none of our Nigeria language is among). And yes it is simple and easy to understand and use.


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