Facebook updates data use policy to give more info

Facebook updates data use policy to give more info

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Facebook updates data use policy to give more info

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Associated Press

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 2:55 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is updating its data use policy in an attempt to give users more clarity on how the information they share is used by the company. The move comes a week ahead of its expected initial public offering of stock.
   
Facebook Inc. said Friday that the changes are in response to an audit by Irish data-protection authorities last year.
   
As part of the changes, Facebook has created a new section of its data use policy -- formerly known as privacy policy -- to explain how it uses "cookies." Cookies are commonly used to track people's activity around the Web.
   
Facebook's international headquarters are based in Dublin, Ireland, a member of the European Union. This means the company is required to comply with European data privacy laws.
 

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