"At Facebook, we are constantly developing new experiences and features to help you control your information," Facebook said in a blog post. "Some of our recent work includes simplified privacy settings and publisher privacy controls that let you select your audience every time you post something on Facebook. We plan a lot more innovations in the months ahead so check back from time to time.”
It went on to say that the new policy is being designed to be easily understood, visual and interactive and focus on the real questions that people are most likely to ask.
However, privacy policies are not the only thing that Facebook has been criticized for.
Back in December, Facebook received a letter from South Korea. The letter claimed that Facebook was doing an “inadequate” job of protecting the privacy of their users. A week or so after Facebook received the letter from South Korea, the U.S. Commerce Department attempted to formulate an online privacy plan that offered guidelines for how online companies should be using their user-supplied data.
One of the Commerce Department’s main recommendations was that there be a clear set of principles that all companies would have to follow when they collected or used any personal information for commercial purposes. The Commerce Department said that these would be like a “Privacy Bill of Rights.” These rights would hopefully help to promote corporate transparency and put clear limits on the use of user data.
Facebook sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and Commerce Department concerning all of their work on online policy. The letter concluded:
"Facebook applauds the commission and the Commerce Department for their work in developing an updated framework for protecting privacy in a way that encourages the growth of innovative new services. We believe that both reports contain the essential principles that, taken together, can serve as the basic building blocks for a meaningful re-evaluation of our approach to privacy in the United States. We also agree with the FTC's observation that any privacy framework must be dynamic. By implementing the principles in a way that accommodate the evolving and often unpredictable privacy norms of the twenty-first century, we can create a framework that is sensitive to the different expectations of privacy users have in different contexts, maximizes users' ability to control their privacy as they see fit, and promotes continued innovation."
So, yeah, the new draft policy that Facebook is working on may look very similar to the old policy, but there are a few changes. The font is larger, and there are now navigation elements that are built in to the policy. The policy also is now accompanied by illustrations that show users what information will be shown according to which settings they choose.
I personally haven’t had any problems with Facebook’s privacy policies, but obviously, some people have. Hopefully the adjustments that they are making will help to fix any problems that have been arising. Until the plan is fully implemented though, I guess we won’t know.