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Facebook asks members to vote on ‘privacy policy overhaul’

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 19:49

London: Social networking giant Facebook has reportedly asked its one billion members to vote on a revision of privacy and other policies, a move which might be the last binding referendum of its kind at the huge social network.

The social media giant, which has drawn fresh fire from privacy activists for the proposed changes on how it manages users`` data, said the poll will be binding only if it gets responses from 30 per cent of members, or 300 million people.

"We`ve heard from many of you through our comment process. We are grateful that you took the time to share your thoughts,`` quoted Elliot Schrage, Facebook`s vice president of communications, as saying in a post on the company`s governance site.

According to the report, almost 90 per cent of the more than 13,000 users who have so far voted have opted against the proposed changes.

The proposed changes unveiled last month could end the voting process, and also would permit sharing of information with its newly acquired photo-sharing service, Instagram, the report said.

Additionally, the changes would make it easier for advertisers and others to send messages on Facebook, limiting users` control, it added.

Schrage said one aspect of its proposed data-sharing policy was revised "to make it clear that the sharing of information among our affiliates is and will be done in compliance with all applicable laws, and where additional consent of our users is required, we will obtain it``.

But before finalising the changes, he said there will be a vote, possibly the last of its kind, the report concluded.


First Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 19:47
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