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Facebook updates its privacy policy

“Facebook has announced a set of changes to its existing privacy terms. This was done in order to comply with Canadian Privacy Laws. However, once applied, the changes will be applicable to Facebook users all over the globe.

The changes were announced in a press release issued by Facebook. The new updates to the policy are not active with immediate effect and it might take 12 months before we actually see all of them to be implemented. Facebook, it seems, is still busy with making the website compliant with the new set of policies.

One of the major updates to the privacy policy is that third party applications on Facebook will now be required to let users know what information it would be accessing from their profiles. If any of these applications need access to your friends’ account, it would have to let the other person know as well.

Apart from this, Facebook will also clearly demarcate the difference between deactivating an account and deleting it. In case of deactivation, user data is “saved” for possible future reactivation. Facebook will also need to clarify what it intends to do with accounts of deceased users.”

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