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).
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.
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.
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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