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Vote on your Facebook privacy

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In a rare move by Facebook, they are giving users a chance to have their voice heard on privacy issues via a vote.

From now until noon on December 10, Facebook's billion-plus members will be able to vote on a number of proposed policy changes as to how Facebook governs its site. These include how Facebook handles your data, and a plan to abolish the social network's practice of allowing users to vote on policy changes in the first place.

The problem: if you look at the proposals, they aren't exactly easy to understand.

More-and-more people are becoming concerned with their privacy, especially when it comes to photos. This problem got even bigger recently when Facebook bought Instagram.

Right now, the vote is heavily leaning towards keeping the existing privacy plan, by a 10-to-1 margin.

Facebook has a rocky history with privacy changes and resulting backlash from members. In 2009, the site made previously private data such as friend lists and profile photos public by default. The following year, users were automatically opted into a new "Instant Personalization" feature that shared private information with outside companies such as Pandora.

"I don't want advertisers to have my information. I made this account back in 2005 as a way to keep in touch with friends, not be bombarded by ever increasing advertisements," commented user Nic Raines.

Is Facebook taking advantage of users or is this just part of the game when you sign-up for a free service like Facebook?

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