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​Facebook Announces Makeover To Privacy Tools Amid Criticism Of Data Policies

Jess Hardiman

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​Facebook Announces Makeover To Privacy Tools Amid Criticism Of Data Policies

Facebook landed itself in slightly hot water recently following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where it was revealed that the tech giant had been following every single move that people make online.

Addressing the concerns - and criticisms - that its users have had, Facebook has said it will give its privacy tools a makeover.

In a post on the Facebook Newsroom, Erin Egan (Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer, Policy) and Ashlie Beringer (Vice President and Deputy General Counsel), announced that the company would be taking 'additional steps' to put users more in control of their privacy.

First and foremost, Facebook will make your data settings and tools easier to find.

The old settings menu (left) and new settings menu (right). Credit: Facebook
The old settings menu (left) and new settings menu (right). Credit: Facebook

"We've redesigned our entire settings menu on mobile devices from top to bottom to make things easier to find," Egan and Beringer said.

"Instead of having settings spread across nearly 20 different screens, they're now accessible from a single place.

"We've also cleaned up outdated settings so it's clear what information can and can't be shared with apps."

As well as that, there will also be a new privacy shortcuts menu, which will apparently allow you to make your account more secure, control your personal information, control the ads you see and manage who sees your posts and profile information.

Credit: Facebook
Credit: Facebook

In another big step, there will be the means to find, download and delete your Facebook data.

Egan and Beringer continued: "We're introducing Access Your Information - a secure way for people to access and manage their information, such as posts, reactions, comments, and things you've searched for.

"You can go here to delete anything from your timeline or profile that you no longer want on Facebook."

They added: "We're also making it easier to download the data you've shared with Facebook - it's your data, after all.

"You can download a secure copy and even move it to another service. This includes photos you've uploaded, contacts you've added to your account, posts on your timeline, and more."

Credit: Facebook
Credit: Facebook

Going into more detail about the road ahead, Egan and Beringer explained that Facebook would address its responsibility to tell its users how it collects and uses its data in language that's 'detailed, but also east to understand'.

"in the coming weeks, we'll be proposing updates to Facebook's terms of service that include our commitments to people," they said.

"We'll also update our data policy to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it."

If you want to find out more about Facebook's proposed makeover to its privacy tools, you can read all about it in the Newsroom article.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Facebook

Topics: World News, tech news, News, Facebook, Technology, Mark Zuckerberg

Jess Hardiman
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