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Facebook Unveils New Privacy Rules

It’s even more surprising and pleasant than being friended by that old flame. Facebook is rolling out new privacy rules, and it’s asking for user input and putting them in easy-to-understand language. The social networking site has developed a reputation for surreptitiously and opaquely changing its information-sharing and collection rules to share more data, eliciting howls from privacy advocates. The company says it isn’t changing its policies right now—it’s just presenting them in plain English. If users like the non-legalese version, Facebook plans to move toward implementing it across the board.