Facebook Update Makes It Easier To Access Privacy Settings

Facebook Update Makes It Easier To Access Privacy Settings

Facebook Update Makes It Easier To Access Privacy Settings

Between the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the collection of Android phone data, and the #DeleteFacebook campaign, the company isn't looking well in the eyes of the public.

According to a new blog post in its Newsroom, Facebook has made it easier for users to find privacy settings, control what they share, and delete their data. The company faces heavy criticism - including from lawmakers in the US and United Kingdom - for allowing the Trump campaign-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica to get and hold data on some 50 million Facebook users.

Zuckerberg has said he is willing to appear before Congress to explain how a British consulting firm got hold of data from 50 million Facebook users, information that was reportedly used to influence voters in the 2016 presidential election. Facebook claims it will also let you have more control over what ads you see and let you manage the information they use to determine what ads Facebook shows you.

"We're taking additional steps in the coming weeks to put people more in control of their privacy".

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"Finally, Facebook admits it has a responsibility to tell users ".how we collect and use your data in language that's detailed, but also easy to understand".

With Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg now poised to address the uproar on Capitol Hill, Facebook announced on Wednesday that it's redesigning the settings menu on mobile devices, consolidating privacy options in one place, rather than sending users to some 20 different screens.

On the desktop site, there's a clearer picture of what information Facebook has from you in a new panel called "Access Your Information".

Previously, Facebook had settings organised like an FAQ, with questions such as "who can see your future posts?" and "how do I stop someone from bothering me?"

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Following news that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to testify in front of Congress about the company's data scandal, stock prize of the tech company has dropped by 5%. Facebook is in the middle of a controversy over a potential breach of user confidentiality.

Users would be able to download the data shared with Facebook, including uploaded photos, contacts added to their account, and posts on timelines.

Some privacy advocates wondered whether the new system would make a difference.

Facebook has been working on the changes in preparation for the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, which were approved two years ago and take effect May 25. "These updates are about transparency - not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data", Egan and Beringer said.

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