Users, Facebook is giving you more control over your privacy settings

Facebook publishes privacy principles for first time

Facebook has published its privacy principles for the first time in an effort to give users more control over their information.

The principles emphasize that the user has control over their privacy, that the company builds privacy into its products, and that it helps people "understand how their data is used".

"We recognize that people use Facebook to connect, but not everyone wants to share everything with everyone - including with us", wrote Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer in a blog post. The company is creating a "privacy center" where all related settings can be found in one place on the website. Adding further he said that Facebook's privacy team regularly meets with legislators, privacy experts and regulators from around the world to get understanding of data policies and practices.

Facebook also said that "you own and can delete your information". The second major update was the announcement that Facebook will turn to its users to rank the trustworthiness of news sources.




Facebook directly references the European Union's impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a law meant to strengthen privacy protections with certain requirements. They are the latest European headache for Facebook and other technology companies that have for years been taking flak from regulators and lawmakers over taxes, privacy, collection and use of data and terrorist content. The change comes as tech companies are readying themselves with a new European Union privacy regulation that goes into effect in May that will impose stiff penalties for not obtaining consent from consumers before sharing their personal data. Companies must also allow users to export their data and delete it.

On an inferring note, Facebook believes in the approach that "Improvement is constant" and hints that newer controls and tools will keep on coming in the future for the users. Facebook, which has 2 billion users, said it will show different videos on different privacy topics throughout the year. GDPR intends to increase an internet user's right to be forgotten.

"Our apps have always been focused on giving people transparency and control and this gives us a very good foundation to meet all the requirements of the GDPR and to spur us on to continuing investing in products and in educational tools to protect privacy", Sandberg said.

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