Facebook is collecting comments from its members on the policy changes on the page. Nearly 500 comments have been made so far and more than 800 people “like” the changes. The comment period ends Friday.
In addition to extending the reach of its data-gathering efforts, the policy changes also delineate some clear imbalances of power at Facebook, Downey says.
“For example,” she noted, “Facebook forces its app developers to adhere to privacy standards that Facebook itself doesn’t do, like making it easy to delete your account.”
“Furthermore, this statement is take it or leave it: users agree to it simply by using Facebook,” she added. “Most of them will never know when or if the terms change, let alone what they mean.”