Facebook Shares More About How It Uses Your Data
By SOMINI SENGUPTA MAY 11, 2012
How does Facebook use all the words, pictures and clicks of its 901 million users?
A group of European college students first raised that question last year. The Irish Data Protection Office, which regulates all of Facebook's European data policies, took it up. On Friday, Facebook shared a bit more.
"We're adding more examples and detailed explanations to help you understand our policies," Facebook's new chief privacy officer, Erin Egan, a veteran privacy lawyer in Washington, wrote, in a blog post. Facebook users can give feedback and talk to Ms. Egan on Monday in a video chat.
The new explanations, available by clicking on the Help tab on the bottom of the Facebook home page, include one on how cookies work on the site and what information application developers receive when you download an app on the Facebook platform. The explanations also inform users about who can see what kinds of posts on their timelines.