Facebook changes privacy policy page

By on February 26, 2011
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You will finally be able to understand it.


Facebook, considered the epitome of privacy breach, has decided to finally address one of its main concerns – changing the privacy policy page so that non-laywers among 500 million users can understand it better, and easily.

In a statement, Facebook writes:

Many websites’ privacy policies are challenging for people to understand because they are often written for regulators and privacy advocates, not the majority of people who actually use those websites.  Our own privacy policy has been criticized as being “5830 words of legalese” and “longer than the U.S. constitution – without the amendments.”  Okay, you’re right.  We agree that privacy policies can and should be more easily understood, and that inspired us to try something different.

We thought a lot about the things people really want from a privacy policy, and came up with a few basic principles:

1. First, it should be easy to understand, even when the concepts are complicated, or it is of no use to anyone.

2. Second, it should be visual and interactive, because that’s the way people use the web today.

3. And third, it should focus on the questions people who use Facebook are most likely to ask, because that makes it relevant.

Do note that the actual content of the policies have not changed, it’s only made easier to read for the layman. You can access the new policy page here.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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