Facebook continues to stir up controversy among its user base and privacy advocates as the social network updates its policy.

In an effort to make terms more consistent, Facebook will no longer call it a “privacy policy” and instead will refer to it as the Data Use Policy. Some of the more minor changes include phasing out “profile” and replacing it with “Timeline” — the new user interface for Facebook’s profiles.

The social network has also implemented some minor wording changes “strictly for clarification” according to Facebook spokesperson Barry Schnitt. For example, Facebook now specifies that an application your friend has downloaded also has the right to view your information because you’ve allowed that friend to see your content. Previously you were only granting permission to the apps that you’ve downloaded.

Among other changes, the new policy states that Facebook has reserved the right to disable features and services in specific geographical locations — this is especially important for international members. Facebook also clarified that it’s not responsible for any click fraud or invalid click activity on advertisements.

The company has added a new section called “Special Provisions Applicable to Software.” Under this section, Facebook states that it will issue software updates to downloaded products — such as browser plug-ins — without warning. It also prohibits anyone from trying to access Facebook’s source code through reverse engineering.

Facebook is trying to keep its user base involved in this process and has invited everyone to read and comment on the amendments. With most major updates, a swell of negative feedback was expected. While the changes aren’t sitting well with German officials, the new Data Use Policy has only received 526 comments so far, which could imply that people either aren’t reading it, or that they approve of the changes.

Now that the changes are in effect and the comment period has ended, Facebook will go through them and decided if it needs to make any changes or answer more questions before the document is made official.

[Via: AllFacebook, Image credit: David Lotito]