Facebook Principles And Statement of Rights and Responsibilities Reviewed

This week, Facebook users voted on a new set of terms and conditions, and most users who voted approved of a new set of Facebook Principles and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. The documents represent a new Bill of Rights for Facebook users, along with a forthcoming new Privacy Policy. The new changes increase user control and privacy protection while improving account deletion and limiting sublicense and reducing data exchanges between application developers.

Following an earlier revision of the terms of service which upset members and advocacy groups, Facebook members will own and control their own information under the social networking site's new policies.

EPIC, Electronic Privacy Information Center, which had threatened two months ago to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, also praised members who campaigned for increased privacy protections. The group said that the changes reaffirm key privacy principles for Web 2.0 applications. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the EPIC, said in a statement released Friday. "Facebook addressed several privacy problems that the Group had identified."

The move resulted from online discussions among users and the company. It drew immediate praise from users and advocacy groups.
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