In a nutshell, the changes mostly include the new
data use policy and statement of rights and responsibilities that lay out more clearly what Facebook already does with your personal information. [links are no longer up]
This change comes after a U.S. judge granted final approval to Facebook’s $20 million settlement of a lawsuit over targeted advertising on last Monday, August 26.
Additionally, Facebook has “received” an open letter addressed to the Federal Trade Commission signed by six privacy groups titled “Facebook’s Changes Regarding Sponsored Stories“.
The letter is signed like this:
/s/ Marc Rotenberg_____________________
Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
/s/ Jeff Chester_____________________
Jeff Chester, Executive Director
Center for Digital Democracy (CDD)
/s/ John Simpson_____________________
John Simpson, Privacy Project Director
/s/ Deborah Peel_____________________
Deborah Peel, Founder and Chair
Patient Privacy Rights
/s/ Edmund Mierzwinski________________
Edmund Mierzwinski, Consumer Program Director
/s/ Beth Givens_____________________
Beth Givens, Director
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
It’s worth a read.