Facebook Gives Users Greater Privacy Controls Ahead Of GDPR

  • Facebook Gives Users Greater Privacy Controls Ahead Of GDPR

Facebook Gives Users Greater Privacy Controls Ahead Of GDPR

The announcement was made in anticipation of the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into effect on 25 May. The online center will feature privacy tools all in one place and is being designed based on feedback from policymakers and privacy experts worldwide, according to the blog post.

Facebook said on Monday it was publishing its privacy principles for the first time and rolling out educational videos to help users control who has access to their information, as it prepares for the start of a tough new European Union data protection law.

A new Privacy Centre will bring all of the social network's core privacy settings into a single repository, while notifications will be issued to user's News Feeds to remind them to undertake a review of their settings. As Facebook's chief privacy officer Erin Egan puts it, "Privacy controls are only powerful if you know how to find and use them". Facebook now promotes a more limited feature called Privacy Check-Up that gives you privacy controls over future posts, your profile's About Me section, and app preferences.

"You have many ways to control your data on Facebook".

The firm will also, from Monday, show educational videos in News Feed that help users get information on important topics such as controlling what information Facebook uses to show you ads and how to review and delete old posts.

"You own and can delete your information", says Facebook's fifth principle.

Facebook is to offer new privacy tools to users and promises to be more transparent about what data it collects and how it is used to serve adverts ahead of the arrival of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May.

We design privacy into Facebook products with guidance from experts in areas like data protection and privacy law, security, interface design, engineering, product management, and public policy.

Facebook has revealed how it handles privacy for its 1.5 billion uses on it social network, shedding light on how much control people have over their data.

Its Privacy Basics portal, used to help people understand Facebook's privacy options, has been around for a while. Even if a post is from several years ago a person can delete it and Facebook will purge it from their servers; the same applies to a user's account. However, it is unclear if the company is owning accountability for future data breaches, but it asserts that it will put "products through rigorous data security testing".