Facebook Is Updating Its Privacy Policy


Ahead of the outrage over its data privacy scandal, Facebook has taken a swipe at its privacy policy. An announcement was made by the firm’s VP and Chief Privacy Officer, Policy Erin Egan and Ashlie Beringer, VP and Deputy General Counsel, today Wednesday 28th March 2018, that its updating its privacy policy.

This is coming in the wake of heavy criticism of Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook however, said the “updates have been in the works for some time, but the events of the past several days underscore their importance.”

The new updates would be grouped into three, according to the firm;

  • Easy Control On Mobile Devices

This according to Erin Egan implies a complete overhaul of its settings menu on mobile devices. Instead of having settings spread across nearly 20 different screens, they’re now accessible from a single place, which has been regrouped with descriptions as seen below.

  • New Privacy Shortcuts menu.

The new privacy shortcuts is simply to make information about privacy, security, and ads be much easier for users to find. The new Privacy Shortcuts puts together all of the controls for data in just a few taps while giving clearer explanations of how they work.

  • Data Download and Edit Tool

Facebook has introduced a new feature called “Access Your Information”. This feature provides a way for users to access and manage their information, such as posts, reactions, comments, and things they’ve searched for. Users can now delete any data from their timeline or profile that they no longer want on Facebook.

In addition, Facebook is now making it easier for users to download their data. They can download a secure copy of their photo, contacts, posts etc and even move it to another service. This service is only available to desktop users.

Facebook says its now open to transparency in its data collection policies as well as a “commitments to people”. To this end, an update to its terms of service will be rolled out soon. It is not clear if this move is in compliance with GDPR or an attempt to gain users’ trust after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The questions still remains, with the 50million users Cambridge Analytica scandal, coupled with those in the UK and New Zealand, is this the what Facebook should be doing right now and will these updates savage the damages already done to the social media giant? Can users still trust Facebook with their data? Time will tell.

Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.

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