Two weeks ago I started to revamp the ToS;DR project. We aim at creating readable and rated version of terms of service (ToS), so that the next time you sign up, you won’t lie about being aware of the terms. Ignorance keeps you docile, we hope that by giving you full awareness of what you sign up for, we can pressure services and get some fairness in the terms.
Without too many comments, here are some changes that caught my attention (what’s
striked has been deleted from the previous version and what’s has been added to it.)
This is a modification we can spot here and there: in addition to “clicking”, “viewing or otherwise interacting with things” is enough to send data about you or about other people to Facebook. Connect that with the “Social Plugins” (aka the Like button) and you get a pretty good idea of what’s happening as soon as you see them appearing: you’re sending data about you, what you read, even if you haven’t asked for anything.
We receive data about you whenever you interact with Facebook, such as when you look at another person’s timeline, send or receive a message, search for a friend or a Page, click on, , use a Facebook mobile app, or purchase Facebook Credits .
This one is fun. It looks like in the last version, someone forgot to mention the cookies here!
We receive data whenever you visit a game, application, or website that uses Facebook Platform or visit a site with a Facebook feature (such as a social plugin), This may include the date and time you visit the site; the web address, or URL, you’re on; technical information about the IP address, browser and the operating system you use; and, if you are logged in to Facebook, your User ID.
We get here to an important fact of Facebook: it sells our data, all combined, without personally identifying information such as username or user ID. But it would be interesting to really be able to inspect these data… Is it really impossible to identify anyone personally? Or is it identifiable enough?
We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name or any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it
with other people’s data in a way that it is no longer associated with you. Similarly, when we receive data about you from our advertising partners or customers, we keep the data for 180 days. After that, we combine the data with other people’s data in a way that it is no longer associated with you.
This one is a welcome addition:
If you do not make a selection, your information will be shared with the last audience you selected. If you want to change your selection later you can do that too on your profile.
I don’t really get this one:
“As a general rule, you should assume that if you do not see a sharing icon, the information will be publicly available.” Yes. Public is default.
That might be a useful feature to have a bit of control over what’s displayed. How is the implementation?
Applications also get your age range, locale, and gender when you and your friends visit them. Age range (e.g., 18-21) lets applications provide you with age-appropriate content. Locale (e.g., en-US) lets applications know what language you speak. Gender lets applications refer to you correctly. If you do not want applications to receive this information about you, you can turn off all Facebook applications
they are given the opportunity to choose their audience by location, demographics, likes, keywords, and any other information we receive or can tell about you and other users. For example, an advertiser can choose to target 18 to 35 year-old women who live in the United States and like basketball.
Ads are tracking you even if you don’t click them.
if a person clicks on the add
and now an example of how very incredibly useful Facebook is for humanity:
Note that the access requests to your data are basically gone. If you’ve ever tried to “download a copy of your Facebook data” like I did, then you know how ridiculous this is.
We provide initial responses to access requests within a reasonable period of time, typically within thirty days. You can also download a copy of everything you’ve put into Facebook using our download your information tool.
So in the end, no really fancy changes AFAICS.
For the official review of changes, see Facebook’s governance website.
I express my gratitude for Moresounds‘ music which helped me get through this boring task. Fortunately, this will soon be automated when the EFF’s TosBack is restarted.