Facebook suggests changes to privacy policy, hints at upcoming location features

Facebook logoFacebook seems to have taken one more step forward in open site governance. The social networking site has proposed another set of revisions to their Privacy Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Interestingly Facebook looks at gaining additional user feedback before actually making these tweaks and alterations permanent.

The official Facebook blog shares that they are contemplating the introduction of many new products albeit not all of them have been finalized. Many others are not yet built at all, though the team seems to have recognized some enthusing ways in which users can look forward to enhanced communication, sharing and connection.

As of now the company has only detailed some of the policy changes. Sometime soon, users can anticipate more information on the products when they’re done with designing and coding. With these novel tools users should gain an increased control of the content they share on Facebook.

Among the big updates are new location attributes. The last time Facebook had updated the Privacy Policy, they had packed in language illustrating a location feature they could possibly develop in the future. Seemingly at that point, the company thought its primary use would be to ‘add a location to something users post.’ Well, now the team appears to have bundled some different and even more exciting ideas.

Removing the old language, the concept of ‘place’ has been added. This can refer to a Page like for a local restaurant. More details counting new privacy controls will be offered as the product is finalized. Next, the social network is also paying more attention to its main features namely sharing and connection. Users familiar with the site will know of connecting to a person or thing via friend requests or joining a group or becoming a fan of a Page.

Users can also control how they present the connection on their profile in this two-way connection. As for sharing a link or photo on their profile, it’s a one-way action that gives users complete control through their privacy settings on who can access the specific content. Facebook has added language to these very functionalities. Facebook also reveals some changes in the way third-party websites and applications interact with users. The web is seeing quite a hullabaloo concerning this revision.

The site may enable a small group of ‘pre-approved’ sites to access users’ public Facebook data when they are visited. Allegedly this will be done irrespective of whether users apply the Facebook Connect integration on those sites. Users’ friend lists and any information shared publicly will be within the reach of these sites. The harrowing part according to many users is that the functionality will be enabled by default though users will be able to block individual sites from accessing their details. Users can also choose to disable the feature completely.

Lastly, a series of smaller changes will also allow the social network to elucidate better the workings of various aspects of Facebook. The ‘Everyone’ setting, syncing of contact lists and invitations are among the features explained.

The company is sending out updates to users’ Inbox notifying them of the changes.