We receive a number of different types of information about you, including the information that's required when you sign up for the site, as well as the information you choose to share.
When you sign up for the Website, you are required to provide your name, email address, birthday, and gender.
Your information also includes the information you choose to share on the Website, such as when you post a status update, upload a photo, or comment on a friend's story. It also includes the information you choose to share when you take an action, such as when you add a friend, like a Page or a website, add a place to your story, find friends using our contact importers, or indicate you are in a relationship.
Other information we receive about you
We receive data about you whenever you interact with the Website.
Sometimes we get data from our advertising partners, customers and other third parties that helps us (or them) deliver ads, understand online activity, and generally make the Website better. For example, an advertiser may tell us information about you (like how you responded to an ad on the Website or on another site) in order to measure the effectiveness of - and improve the quality of - ads.
We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name or any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people's data in a way that it is no longer associated with you.
How we use the information we receive
We use the information we receive about you in connection with the services and features we provide to you, our partners, the advertisers that purchase ads on the site, and the developers that build the games, applications, and websites you use. For example, we may use the information we receive about you:
- as part of our efforts to keep the Website products, services and integrations safe and secure;
- to protect the Website's or others' rights or property;
- to provide you with location features and services, like telling you and your friends when something is going on nearby;
- to measure or understand the effectiveness of ads you and others see, including to deliver relevant ads to you;
- for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.
Granting us this permission not only allows us to provide the Website as it exists today, but it also allows us to provide you with innovative features and services we develop in the future that use the information we receive about you in new ways.
We store data for as long as it is necessary to provide products and services to you and others, including those described above. Typically, information associated with your account will be kept until your account is deleted. For certain categories of data, we may also tell you about specific data retention practices.
We are able to suggest that your friend tag you in a picture by scanning and comparing your friend's pictures to information we've put together from the other photos you've been tagged in. This allows us to make these suggestions. You can control whether we suggest that another user tag you in a photo using the How Tags Work settings. Learn more.
Deleting and deactivating your account
If you want to stop using your account, you can either deactivate or delete it.
Deactivating your account puts your account on hold. Other users will no longer see your timeline, but we do not delete any of your information. Deactivating an account is the same as you telling us not to delete any information because you might want to reactivate your account at some point in the future. You can deactivate your account on your account settings page.
Your friends will still see you listed in their list of friends while your account is deactivated.
When you delete an account, it is permanently deleted from the Website. It typically takes about one month to delete an account, but some information may remain in backup copies and logs for up to [_____] days. You should only delete your account if you are sure you never want to reactivate it. You can delete your account here. Learn more.
Certain information is needed to provide you with services, so we only delete this information after you delete your account. Some of the things you do on the Website aren't stored in your account. That information remains after you delete your account.
Cookies, pixels and other system technologies
Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored on your computer, mobile phone or other device. Pixels are small blocks of code on webpages that do things like allow another server to measure viewing of a webpage and often are used in connection with cookies.
We use technologies like cookies, pixels, and local storage (like on your browser or device, which is similar to a cookie but holds more information) to provide and understand a range of products and services.
We use these technologies to do things like:
- make the Website easier or faster to use;
- enable features and store information about you (including on your device or in your browser cache) and your use of the Website;
- deliver, understand and improve advertising;
- monitor and understand the use of our products and services;
- to protect you, others and the Website.
For example, we may use them to know you are logged in to the Website.
We may ask advertisers or other partners to serve ads or services to computers, mobile phones or other devices, which may use a cookie, pixel or other similar technology placed by the Website or the third party (although we would not share any other information that identifies you with an advertiser).
Cookies and things like local storage help make the Website work, like allowing pages to load faster because certain content is stored on your browser or by helping us authenticate you to deliver personalized content.
You can remove or block cookies or other similar technologies or block or remove other data stored on your computer or device (such as by using the various settings in your browser), but it may affect your ability to use the Website or other websites and apps.
Contact us with questions or disputes
If you have questions or complaints regarding our Data Use Policy or practices, please contact us by mail at _______________________. Anyone may also contact us through our help page.
We give your information to the people and companies that help us provide, understand and improve the services we offer. For example, we may use outside vendors to help host our website, serve photos and videos, process payments, analyze data, measure the effectiveness of ads, or provide search results. In some cases we provide the service jointly with another company, such as the Website Marketplace. In all of these cases our partners must agree to only use your information consistent with the agreement we enter into with them, as well as this Data Use Policy.
Security and bugs
We do our best to keep your information secure, but we need your help. For more detailed information about staying safe on the Website, visit the Website Security Page. We try to keep the Website up, bug-free and safe, but can't make guarantees about any part of our services or products.
Change of Control
If the ownership of our business changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner so they can continue to operate the service. But they will still have to honor the commitments we have made in this Data Use Policy.
Notice of Changes
If we make changes to this Data Use Policy we will notify you by publication here and on the Website Site Governance Page
If the changes are material, we will provide you additional, prominent notice as appropriate under the circumstances. You can make sure that you receive notice directly by liking the Website Site Governance Page.