Facebook knows no one has the time to read through its 6,000-word Privacy Policy document. So, to make it easier for users to learn how the social network gets and uses their information, Facebook is rolling out a simplified and more engaging version of its policies.

Privacy Basics, as the new Facebook Privacy Policy is called, offers interactive guides that address the most commonly asked questions, such as “How do I choose who can see my photos?”, “How do I manage what other people post on my timeline?” or “How do I manage my News Feed?”

“Privacy Basics is the latest step we’ve taken to help you make sure you’re sharing with exactly who you want, including our privacy checkup, reminder for people posting publicly and simplified audience selectors,” reads a company blog post.

The now 2,700-word Facebook Privacy Policy guide is available in 36 languages.

Privacy Basics is designed to improve your Facebook experience as well as explain how their services work:

  • Discover what’s going on around you: The policy explains how Facebook gets location information based on the features you use, e.g. Nearby Friends when checking into your favourite places. Facebook says they are working on ways to show you the most relevant info depending on where you are and what your friends are up to.
  • Make purchases more convenient: Facebook is currently testing a Buy button that allows users in some regions discover and purchase products without leaving the site.
  • Find information about privacy on Facebook at the moment you need it: Tips and suggestions about user privacy can now be found in Privacy Basics. For advertisers and developers, a shorter and clearer data policy is also accessible.
  • Understand how we use the information we receive: Permissions to use your phone’s location, for instance, is used to offer optional features like location tagging or check-ins.
  • Get to know the family of Facebook companies and apps work together: Facebook explains how they use the information they collect to improve the user experience across its family of companies, apps and services, including Instagram and WhatsApp.
  • Your information and advertising: Facebook explains what and how they share user information with advertisers.

The social media firm said they are also proposing updates to their terms, data policy and cookies policy to reflect the features they have been working on. In addition, they are also improving ads based on apps and sites people use to give them more control over ads.

Facebook is welcoming comments and proposed updates from its members until November 20. After this date, the social network will roll out the final updates to its Privacy Policy. Meanwhile, check the new Privacy Basics site to see what other updates Facebook should add.