Facebook Putting Privacy Changes to a Vote

Social network asking members to cast their ballot on updated privacy policies

Facebook is taking another step to be more transparent when it comes to how your private information is used.

The 901 million member strong social network is offering users the chance to vote on planned changes to the website's privacy policies.

With the updated policy, Facebook would have the right to start showing users ads on outside websites. Those ads would be related to interests listed on your Facebook timeline. The update also adds sections explaining how Facebook uses users' information.

Voting on the new policy opened this morning in a special section of the social network.

Facebook says 30-percent of the site's users must vote for it to be binding -- that means around 270 million users must vote. Less than 30-percent participation will result in the vote being only advisory in nature.

You have the chance to read the proposed policy changes before casting your ballot.

This is the second time facebook has let users vote on privacy changes. The last time was in 2009 when the site was privately-held and only had about 200 million users -- long before facebook was the publicly-offered social behemoth it has become.

Voting is open through Friday, June 8 at 12 p.m. Eastern.

To cast your vote, click here.

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