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Facebook announces privacy changes

After chats with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Facebook announced it will be making changes to privacy settings over the next 12 months. They include:

  • Better explanations in the privacy policy, such as reasons why they collect birth dates, the difference between account deactivation and deletion, how advertising programs work, and accounts that become memorials for dead users.
  • More encouragement for users to review their privacy settings
  • The creation of a new system for third-party applications to access user information. Facebook's release says it "will require applications to specify the categories of information they wish to access and obtain express consent from the user before any data is shared. In addition, the user will also have to specifically approve any access to their friends' information, which would still be subject to the friend's privacy and application settings."

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I would say this a great improvement in terms of privacy on Facebook. I had to deal a lot with people that i really dont even know. There's a lot of people that just comes to your profile to see your pictures...just gossipping!!

Well done!

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