One of the questions that users often struggle to understand is what Facebook does with their information. Unfortunately, the new policy doesn't make that much clearer. It breaks up "Information We Receive" into (1) "your information" that users "intentionally share," (2) "information others share about you," and (3) "other information we receive about you." But "How We Use the Information We Receive" doesn't clearly explain whether the rules apply to all that "other information" that Facebook collects when you use the service or visit its partners, or whether only the information you "intentionally share" is yours to control in any way.
And instead of informing users that their data might be disclosed to the government in the same section, that information is in a separate section called "Some Other Things You Need to Know" where you can "Learn how we make changes to this policy and more."
Still a bit confusing, isn't it?
It's not even clear what it means when Facebook says that "you always own all of your information."Does that mean just things that you "intentionally share" such as your photos and Likes, or does it include all of the other records that Facebook keeps about you: your IP address, current location, and more?
Chris Conley is the Technology and Civil Liberties Fellow with the ACLU of Northern California.