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Facebook is taking assistance from its oversight board about how to manage personal residential info

Facebook created the independent oversight board last year to review the important decisions of the platform and give advice if it finds it necessary. Facebook considers this board as its Supreme Court and the board has expert members that can even reject or change the decisions of the company and even the owner Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook can also take advice from the board regarding certain matters. Recently, the platform has taken the policy counselling assistance from the independent board regarding the sharing of personal residential info of people for the first time.

The independent board will give suggestions to the platform regarding how it can make its policies and procedure better. The platform has written in an application that the residential address is included in the personal data of users and that can also be pertinent for journalists as well if the platform gives such personal data to these activists, or journalists without informing the users, that can become a danger to the security of users. This info can be used for provocation and bullying as well. The platform is responsible for the safety of the privacy of users and if any of the info is leaked by the bad actors, that can put many users in danger.

The platform has taken guidance on certain important aspects, such as what type of data centers represent private data “widely available”? Should the platform need to eliminate sources when they are conveniently available? If the platform eliminates few sources, then how it can ascertain the kind of sources that will not be deemed in making personal data widely accessible? If the personal info of users is upload on various platforms including the company’s website, then it will be deemed as private info or widely available info, and whether the platform needs to delete such data from its website?

The independent board has said to take important suggestions from the public for certain matters.

The board has asked the public that whether they will consider it as a limitation to free expression if the Facebook platform does not allow people to upload their personal housing address. How the platform should determine which data sources represent personal data “widely obtainable”. The advantages and disadvantages of programmed equipment in implementing this rule? How should a worldwide strategy justify diverging data domestic protection legislation that may impose various procedures to data that is included in the community archives? How can the platform consider this as personal data about the public picture and how this can be classified for the purpose of making Facebook’s laws? How should the platform treat the affected personality's perspective flaws to detriment from the private data shared? And how the platform should consider the political aspects while making policies?

The platform needs to submit the suggestions received from the people within thirty days of getting the proposals.


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