George Nathanael is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School.
The new policy is now separated into eight sections: 1. Introduction, 2. Information We Receive, 3. Information You Share With Third Parties, 4. How We Use Your Information, 5. How We Share Information, 6. How You Can View, Change, or Remove Information, 7. How We Protect Information, and 8. Other Terms. This policy remains quite similar in substance to the previous one, but the use of plain language and multiple examples make it much simpler to follow and understand. Facebook also seems to be very open with respect to the potential uses of information, such as by third party application developers, despite the possibility of potential users being too worried to join after reading.
Users were given the opportunity to give feedback by commenting on each of the eight sections within a period of one week, however, by the end of this period most sections had only about a hundred comments each, with the introduction having the greatest number at 237. As stated on November 5, on the Facebook Site Governance page, the “total number of comments did not reach the threshold to hold a vote”. Apparently in order for that to have happened, 30% of active users (i.e. those who have logged into the site within the past 30 days) would have had to have participated in the feedback. Despite this, it was promised that the posted comments would be read, though it was not mentioned that they would actually be considered.