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Dramatic new Facebook privacy policy changes

Dramatic new Facebook privacy policy changes
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Facebook has changed its privacy policy - again! But this time, instead of eroding your privacy, it's just made your rights clearer and easier to understand.

It often seems like the words "Facebook privacy" are an oxymoron. Everything you post and everything you like is parsed by algorithms and quantified for more effective advertising. Your name and profile picture are public, and depending on your settings, almost everything could be visible to strangers.

On top of that, Facebook's robust Graph Search feature makes it simple for somebody to track you down using surprisingly few details.

Most people are upset with Facebook about these serious privacy concerns, but every single Facebook user signed up for them when they created their account. You agreed to the terms and conditions, and that includes the privacy policy.

Unfortunately, the phrase "buyer beware" doesn't tell the whole story. That's because until now, Facebook's privacy policy has been a maze of complicated language and legal jargon. It's also been very long.

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