Mandatory Documents in the Footer

We are implementing important changes to the applications that are capable of collecting user information as of 23 January, 2013. The objective of the changes is to make it easier for our users creating applications that are inline with the relevant legal requirements and internal Facebook rules.

The most visible aspect of the changes is that the formerly free text footer will be replaced with a structured text consisting of mandatory elements of labels and referred documents.

In case of some applications we already suggested you to specify links to your Terms of Use and Privacy Policy documents in the footer. Now this thing is going to be extremely easy.

On the content editor screen of the affected applications, which are the Coupon, Quiz, Picture Puzzle and the Contact Form, a new editor section will appear from the 23 January: Footer *** NEW ***.

This section consists of three text fields and two file upload fields.

In the Generic footer text field you can provide for example the name and address of your company or some copyright information. You can leave this field empty.

In the Label for your ‘Terms of Use’ you can specify the name or title of the terms of use document of your game or contact form. This description will appear as a link to the document that you upload.

In the Label for your ‘Privacy Policy’ you can provide the title or name of your privacy document explaining your way of using and storing user information. Just like in the previous case this label will be shown in the footer linking to your document.

At the Terms of Use document and Privacy Policy document fields you can actually upload the relevant documents in a format that is readable by most of your users (e.g. plain text file, PDF file, HTML file, etc.)

We are planning to implement these changes according the timetable below:

  • 22 January 2013 the new footer section appears in the content editor of the application
  • 29 January 2013 filling in the new footer fields becomes mandatory, i.e. you will not be able to activate the applications without specifying the required fields
  • 5 February 2013 the new labels/links appear in the footer of the applications, the old free text content disappear from the footer, the old footer section will not be available anymore in the content editor
  • 12 February 2013 affected applications that you activated earlier without filling in the new footer fields will stop working properly and will not be collecting user information

Please make the necessary changes, fill in the fields and upload the required documents soon.

Share and Enjoy