Facebook is apparently backing down, for now, on the proposed changes to its privacy policies after some criticism from privacy groups. The changes were originally intended to go live yesterday.
The social network wants to make it clearer that it owns all your data and that it can use it in any way it wants, even in ads, as long as it respects your privacy settings, i.e. your photos will be shared with the world only if they are public.
Also worrying to privacy groups is a new implicit agreement that says anyone under 18 years old admits just by using the site that their parents or guardians approve of Facebook's data policies.
Six groups have asked the FTC to stop Facebook
from rolling out the changes, on the basis of a settlement signed by Facebook in 2011. The social network has decided to postpone the switch to the new policies.
"We are taking the time to ensure that user comments are reviewed and taken into consideration to determine whether further updates are necessary and we expect to finalize the process in the coming week," Facebook said in a statement