Facebook re-wrote its terms of service and data policies to better explain what data it’s collecting about you

The new policies are longer, and include more details than the old versions. But here’s the key part from Facebook’s blog post on Wednesday: “We’re not asking for new rights to collect, use or share your data on Facebook. We’re also not changing any of the privacy choices you’ve made in the past.”

Translation: Facebook is changing how much it tells people, but is not changing how much it collects from people.

Facebook’s old data policy, for example, didn’t mention Instagram at all. The new version mentions Instagram more than 30 times, including the fact that Facebook might use your Instagram activity (who you follow) to recommend stuff to you on Facebook (groups you should join).

The new data policy also mentions that Facebook can “collect contact information if you choose to upload, sync or import it (such as an address book or call log or SMS log history).” The old version doesn’t mention that, and Facebook took heat last week for collecting this info from some Android users even though they agreed to share it with Facebook.

I guess there was a lot left out. ¬¬

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