Facebook Wants Your Opinion On Its New Privacy Policy

Facebook wants your input on user-friendlier version of the site's new privacy policy. This follows a recent dialogue with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Commerce Department about how consumer data is used online.

Facebook wants your input on user-friendlier version of the site’s new privacy policy. This follows a recent dialogue with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Commerce Department about how consumer data is used online.

The social network has done a lovely job of making the policy accessible and easy to understand –complying with the Feds’ suggestions that companies communicate about their data use in terms that consumers understand.

A very navigable menu breaks the information up into six parts, plus additional links lead to videos explaining how Facebook uses the data that users type into their profiles. The top of every page has prompt to submit comments on proposed revisions to the privacy policy, leading to the version written in legalese. The comments link goes to the Facebook Site Governance page, where 195 responses and 176 likes have gone up in about four hours.

I wonder how many Facebook users will take the time to read through this information, or even watch one of the videos about data use, let alone comment on the proposed revisions. People have already shown a tendency not to peruse these kinds of materials on the site; however, the larger fonts, simplified language and improved layouts just might boost readership.

Are you going to read the newly posted materials? And what feedback do you want to give Facebook about how it uses members’ data?