Facebook changes privacy controls in wake of data scandal

Facebook changes privacy controls in wake of data scandal

Facebook's battered shares, which have dropped 17% in the past week and a half amid the Cambridge Analytica scandal, have gotten off to a strong start this morning after the company announced changes to its privacy settings.

Facebook took out full-page ads in nine major British and U.S. newspapers on Sunday to apologise to users.

Are you anxious about your Facebook privacy seeing the recent happenings but find it hard to access FB privacy tools? These menus replace the more granular but fragmented multi-page settings of old.

The company said the updates have been in the works for "some time but the events of the past several days underscore their importance".

When it comes to privacy shortcuts, users will have access to a "clearer, more visual" system that allows them to do things like control the ads they are served, control who sees their profile and personal information and add extra layers of protection - such as two-factor authentication - to their account. Access Your Information will also let you download your data, store it wherever you please, and move it to other services, when available.

The new features follow fierce criticism after it was revealed millions of Facebook users' personal data was harvested by a British firm linked to Donald Trump's 2016 campaign - although Facebook said they have been "in the works for some time". You can also download all of your photos and videos posted to Facebook and delete your profile, and even erase some of the information that's shared with Facebook.

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Analysts said the privacy revamp looked more like tweaks than big changes, making data management more transparent rather than changing the way the company does business.

Of course, Amazon hasn't been busted stealing data from tens of millions of users, then selling it to a clandestine marketing firm that exploited that data to sway an election.

The man involved had wanted access to information about what others had written about him.

"It's also our responsibility to tell you how we collect and use your data in language that's detailed, but also easy to understand", Facebook concluded in the blog post.

Zuckerberg instead offered to send one of his deputies as the US 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.

Media group Playboy Enterprises has deleted its Facebook accounts citing privacy concerns. 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.

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