Here’s what you need to know about our updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

Here's what you need to know about our updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

Starting today, Meta is rolling out notifications letting people know we’ve updated our Privacy Policy, formerly known as the Data Policy. Inspired by feedback from people who use our technologies and privacy experts, we’ve rewritten our privacy policy to make it easier to understand and to reflect the latest products we offer. Although the text looks different in many places, Meta does not collect, use or share your data in new ways based on this policy update and we still do not sell your information.

Our goal with this update is to be more clear about our data practices; we achieved this through additional details and examples throughout. At Meta, we’ve always strived to create personalized experiences that deliver value without compromising your privacy. It is therefore incumbent on us to have strong protections for the data we use and to be transparent about how we use it. Including communicate more clearly about our data practices and the choices you have.

We’re also including more ways to access controls that you can use to experience our products in a way that’s convenient for you. You can continue to manage your privacy settings at any time and we are committed to notifying you if we make material changes to the way we collect, use and share your information.

Additionally, we are updating our Terms of use at better explain what is expected of us and those who use our platforms. These expectations include the rights and obligations described in our Community Standards, such as when we may disable or terminate accounts that violate our Terms or Community Standards or the intellectual property rights of others or other laws. Some changes to the Terms of Service correspond to updates to our Privacy Policy, including additional details about what happens when you remove content.

The notifications people will start receiving today on Facebook, Instagram and Messenger will direct them to information on what to expect from the relevant Privacy Policy and Terms of Service in their region. They’ll also see a summary of what’s different. These updates are effective July 26, and users do not need to act on this notification on that date to continue using our products.

Updated Meta Privacy Policy covers Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and other Meta products. It does not cover WhatsApp, Workplace, Free Basics, Messenger Kids or using Quest devices without a Facebook account, which have their own privacy policies.

Respond to feedback and regulatory changes

As privacy and data protection regulations have improved around the world in recent years, we have explored insights into people-centric privacy design and have worked to make our data practices more transparent. The updates we’re announcing today are inspired by feedback from privacy experts, policymakers, and people who use our services. Our goal going forward is to update our Privacy Policy more frequently as we continue to learn where we can improve.

We encourage everyone to read our updated policy which will help people understand how our practices apply, including updated information about our new products, like Shops and Facebook View, as we continue to innovate. We’ve added more examples of the types of information we collect to provide the personalized services people expect, such as recommended content and suggested connections. We’ve also included more details about the types of third parties we share and receive information with and explained how and why people’s information is shared across our products, among other changes. Our updated policy contains more details about the information we collect if you use our products but don’t have an account and when we share information with law enforcement for security purposes. For a summary of other key changes to our privacy policy, you can visit this page.

Infographic on 5 things to know about our updated privacy policy

Privacy Center

Earlier this year, we started rolling out Privacy Center as a place where people can learn more about Meta’s approach to privacy across our apps and technologies. The Privacy Center is now available to everyone who uses Facebook on desktop and mobile and connects directly to our updated Privacy Policy.

You can think of the Privacy Center as a hub for your privacy questions, where you can learn more about how we use data, use some of the different privacy controls we offer, and dig deeper into tips and tools for security of key accounts. We will also continue to add more guides and controls to it.

Update Controls for your privacy

New audience controls: Starting today, we’re also rolling out a new setting to make it easier to manage who sees your posts on Facebook. Now, when someone selects a default audience, that audience selection will apply to new posts created on Facebook that they share on their timeline, unless they select a different audience for a particular post. Previously, your default audience for posts was the audience you most recently chose. So if you just published a post that was publicly available, your subsequent posts would be too. This new frame will help you make sure you’re sharing with the right people in your community.

New ways to manage the ads you see: RecentlyWe’ve consolidated the Advertising Topics and Interest Categories controls into a single control accessible across Facebook and Instagram, covering a broader set of advertising topics. This allows people Use a single control to set preferences among ad topics that reflect the interest targeting categories advertisers can use to reach them and the content they can see in an ad.