SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (TheStreet) -- Facebook (FB) is alerting its entire 1.35 billion-member audience to upcoming changes in its terms of service, data policy, and cookies policy, all of which go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.
The company started sending both email and Facebook notifications to users on Friday, Nov. 21, and expects to complete the notification process this week, a spokesperson told TheStreet. The policy changes, which also cover Facebook services such as Messenger and Internet.org, were first proposed on November 13 and made available for public comment. The final versions will be identical to what was originally proposed, the spokesperson said.
Most ostensibly, Facebook has overhauled the policy documents in look, feel, and language by reducing legalese and introducing interactive guides designed to help members better understand what data the company collects and how their data is used.
The new Privacy Basics page, for instance, asserts that "you're in charge" and attempts to simplify the process of managing your personal privacy settings by walking you through how to adjust what information friends and friends of friends see about you, how others interact with you through features such as tagging and Timeline posts, and what ads and News Feed content you see.
"The updates to our policies reflect the new products we've been working on to improve your Facebook experience," Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan wrote when the changes were announced. "They also explain how our services work in a way that's easier to understand."