Facebook outlines new privacy policy after pressure from Canada

Facebook on Oct. 29 outlined changes to its privacy policy and asked for feedback from the social network’s more than 300 million users, AFP reports. Vice president of communications and public policy Elliot Schrage, in a post on the Facebook blog, said members will have until Nov. 5 to send in their comments about the proposed changes. "This is the next step in our ongoing effort to run Facebook in an open and transparent way," he said. "After the comment period is over, we’ll review your feedback and update you on our next steps." Some of the proposed changes are the result of pressure from Canada, whose privacy czar conducted an investigation into Facebook’s handling of personal information. "In this revision," Schrage said, "we’re fulfilling our commitment to the privacy commissioner of Canada to update our privacy policy to better describe a number of practices. Specifically, we’ve included sections that further explain the privacy setting you can choose to make your content viewable by everyone." He said the changes also clarify the difference between deactivating and deleting an account, as well as "the process of memorializing an account once we’ve received a report that the account holder is deceased…"

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