It’s clear from Facebook’s past that the social networking giant has some problems with how it deals with privacy and the choices it makes, but now it’s letting you pick which privacy policy the site ends up using.

The question facing all Facebook users for the next week is this: do you want the old privacy policy or the new one?

All Facebook users get the choice to partake in this special vote, but the company requires that it will only follow the choice of its users once 30% have voted for a specific change.

With roughly one billion people on Facebook, this means that almost 300 million accounts have to agree, selecting one policy over the other. Unlike the Australian voting system, you’re not required to vote, and as such, it’s highly unlikely that Facebook will even see the required 30% voting for any one side, giving them an easy control to implement this new privacy policy.

It’s this new policy that is sparking concern, affording Facebook the opportunity to keep more information about you than ever, and giving advertisers even more control to target you, even going beyond what you do on the Facebook website and applications.

One of the reasons we’re actually get a say this time, though, is thanks to Max Schrems, the founder of “Europe vs. Facebook”, a group that flooded Facebook with comments about how potentially illegal both the old and new Facebook privacy policies were in Europe, and as a result how dissatisfied these users were.

When Facebook put forth its changes to the privacy policy, thousands of comments were entered in, forcing Facebook to offer its users a vote.

Part of the problem with this issue is that Facebook hasn’t really made things easy on the regular Facebook user, requiring them to read several pages of legalese to explain what these changes are.