Coincidence! Facebook announces changes to make privacy settings "findable"

Coincidence! Facebook announces changes to make privacy settings

Coincidence! Facebook announces changes to make privacy settings "findable"

Facebook announced Wednesday morning that it will be revamping its privacy settings on mobile devices in the coming weeks to make it easier for users to access their personal information. Facebook has produced multiple iterations to its privacy settings pages over the years, often in response to criticism that the system is too complicated for most people to understand what they are and aren't sharing.

"Facebook recognises it's clearly lost people's trust and it needs to get to work on regaining that", Stephen Deadman, its global deputy chief privacy officer told me.

Facebook is also planning to make it easier to download a copy of all the data you've shared with the company. Even though USA lawmakers have been vocal of Facebook in recent weeks, members of Congress have not formally pushed for any new data collection legislation.

From here you can delete anything from your timeline or profile that you no longer want shared with the platform.

From the new page, users can control the personal information the social network keeps on them, such as their political preferences or interests, and download and review a file of data Facebook has collected about them.

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The UK-based consultancy has denied using the data to aid President Trump's election campaign and claims it had deleted the information.

Facebook will also add a feature called "Access Your Information" so users can see what they've posted and reacted to, as well as things they've searched for. The update might appear to numerous privacy-related controversies, which have shown how much data Facebook collects and how lax it is about protecting that info, but it's likely part of Facebook's attempt to abide the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules before they go into effect on May 28. "It makes it less likely any outside parties would have access to your information". The changes are meant to "better spell out what data we collect and how we use it", Egan and Beringer wrote, adding that this is "about transparency - not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data".

"Learning of the recent meddling in a free USA election further demonstrates another concern we have of how they handle users' data - more than 25 million of which are Playboy fans - making it clear to us that we must leave the platform", Cooper Hefner wrote on Twitter.

The US Federal Trade Commission this week said it had launched a probe into whether Facebook violated consumer protection laws or a 2011 court-approved agreement on protecting private user data.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening keynote at the Facebook f8 conference on April 30, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

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