Facebook revamps privacy tools as tighter European Union rules draw near

Facebook revamps privacy tools as tighter European Union rules draw near

Facebook revamps privacy tools as tighter European Union rules draw near

A lot of companies would be trapped by the conventions and their legacies of what they've built, doing a privacy change - doing a privacy change for 350 million users is not the kind of thing that a lot of companies would do. It is being investigated over its data-collection and privacy practices after information relating to as many as 50 million users wound up - via a third-party app - in the hands of a political research group which allegedly used it to target voters during the 2016 United States presidential election. The company also says it will be proposing updates to its terms of service in the coming months.

First a brief overview of the scandals.

Facebook insists it did not know the data taken from its site were being used by a British company, Cambridge Analytica, which worked on U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign, among others.

"No of course not", he said when asked if Facebook would ever sell user data.

"Oh wow my deleted Facebook Zip file contains info on every single phone, cellphone call and text I made for about a year", wrote ‏Twitter user Mat Johnson.

Facebook said it will roll out a centralized system for its users to control their privacy and security settings in response to an outcry over the way it has handled personal data.

Facebook has just announced a brand new settings menu on mobile devices.

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Early on Facebook tried to spin the story into an "it was your fault" narrative by claiming that users have always had the tools to protect their data available to them, but don't use them. Therefore, instead of having settings spread across almost 20 different screens, users can now access it all from a single place.

Hinds added, "I don't really see that they've changed that much".

Facebook also plans to clarify the information being gathered by apps that hook into Facebook. That should help make it so people don't need tutorials to figure out how to access these tools.

Over at the privacy shortcuts page, Facebook has added more visuals and explanations as to what the options do.

If you want to see what information you are now sharing with apps, here's the link.

Zuckerberg instead offered to send one of his deputies as the USA company comes under new pressure from the E.U.to disclose more details about how up to 50 million users' data are alleged to have been taken from Facebook and used in political campaigns.

The suit says Facebook is in violation of the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to publish housing ads that indicate preferences or limitations based on race colour, religion, handicaps, familial status or national origin.

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