- Section I. Information we receive and how it is used - Your information and Information that is always publicly available. In these sections, we've stated the kinds of information about you that are always public. For instance, your gender is public information, and we use your gender throughout the site to refer to you properly. And, as we've explained throughout the Data Use Policy, your gender is shared with apps so they can refer to you properly as well. You will still be able to hide your gender on your timeline. In addition, cover photos are a new part of the Facebook experience, and we're updating the Data Use Policy to let you know that, just like your profile pictures, your cover photos are public. If you're uncomfortable with making your profile pictures or cover photos public, you can always delete them.
- Section II. Sharing and finding you on Facebook - Access on phones and other devices. Since more people than ever are using Facebook on their mobile phones, we thought it was important to add more information about how Facebook works on mobile devices. As part of mobile integrations, other users may sync or save information you've shared with them to their mobile devices – such as contact information or event information from a calendar invite. We have included a tip to remind you that you should only share information with people you trust because they may be able to store or re-share that information, including by syncing it with a mobile device.
- Section III. Other websites and applications - Controlling what information you share with applications. We've added language here to clarify the type of information apps receive when you install them. We describe the limited categories of information that Facebook tells apps when you first visit them. If an app wants additional information, they must get your permission. If you do this, the app can access, store and update that information. Once you haven't used the app for a while, however, that app won't be able to continue updating this additional information until you give it permission again. In addition, we've added a tip to remind you that apps have their own policies around how they handle the data they receive and that you should contact an app directly if you want your information deleted.
- Section VI. Some other things you need to know - Access requests. This section reflects our belief that you should have access to your personal data on Facebook. We've updated this language to reflect a recently launched expansion to Download Your Information, a tool that allows you access to an expanded archive of your Facebook account history.
If you want to comment on the changes, pick your language: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Turkish, Korean, and Portuguese. At the time of writing, very few comments have been made in English.
Facebook has also scheduled a live video Q&A for 9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EST on Monday, May 14. You can watch and ask questions by going to on.fb.me/fbdctalks and clicking the "Talk to Us" button. Facebook Chief Privacy Officer for Policy Erin Egan will be hosting the event.
"Please take a look and weigh in. We work on user privacy issues each and every day – it matters," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "We listen closely to your advice and together we can make Facebook the community we want."
Facebook today also launched a Facebook Terms and Policies Hub at facebook.com/policies. This webpage will serve as a central location for all of the service's terms and policies, and will be available at the bottom of most pages on Facebook under the word "Terms", as well as on the Help Center.
Today's update has been a long time coming. This past December, Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) completed his three-month privacy audit of Facebook's activities. Facebook promised to make a slew of changes, and agreed to a more formal follow-up review in July 2012.
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