Facebook Users Vote on New Privacy Policy

05 June 2012 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

For 1 week ending June 8th Facebook is asking its users to vote on a new proposed privacy policy which is the second time Facebook has asked users to vote.  Just like April 2009 vote, Facebook stated that if 30% of users vote for the new privacy policy then Facebook will accept that mandate.  Facebook adopted the privacy policy in 2009, however the April 2009 vote was far less than 1% (a whopping .00332827%!) of Facebook users bothered to vote.  Only 665,654 Facebook users cast ballots in 2009. 

So it’s no surprise that the June 2012 vote on the privacy policy (which Facebook calls its “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) and Data Use Policy) Facebook says :

... if more than 30% of all active registered users vote, the results will be binding. If turnout is less than 30%, the vote will be advisory.

It will be interesting to see how many Facebook users will take the time to vote for, or against, Facebook’s new privacy policy.  I do not expect many to cast ballots!

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