How to use Facebook's new privacy settings

Facebook signals Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress amid Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal

The settings page for mobile devices also got a revamp, with easier-to-read descriptions of what each menu item does and a condensed single space as opposed to the previous version's 20 different screens.

Along with making privacy settings easier to find, Facebook also pledged to investigate apps, and give developers less access.

Leaving the commissioner with no other option, the office named Facebook in breach of New Zealand's privacy act on Wednesday.

Early on Facebook tried to spin the story into an "it was your fault" narrative by claiming that users have always had the tools to protect their data available to them, but don't use them. These menus replace the more granular but fragmented multi-page settings of old. Most of these updates have been in the works for some time, but the events of the past several days underscore their importance.

"The last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies, and to help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data", Erin Egan, Facebook's chief privacy officer, and Ashlie Beringer, a Facebook deputy general counsel, said in a statement announcing the new system.

To download your Facebook data, go to settings on your desktop or laptop, and then click download a copy of your Facebook data at the bottom.




"This doesn't change any of the data that Facebook's actually collecting", said Kurt Wagner, senior editor at Recode.

Additionally, it will provide users the ability to control their personal information by quickly reviewing what they have shared and deleting it if they no longer wish to share it. Users will be able to review posts they have shared or reacted to, friend requests, and things they have searched for on Facebook. That data, generated over years of games and personality quizzes that had access to private information, is largely still stored outside of Facebook's grasp by the private individuals and companies that built those applications.

Facebook's data handling practices are coming under new scrutiny amid reports that users are discovering videos they recorded on the platform but never posted to the site.

Barley demanded a "comprehensive investigation" into whether German users were affected by the illegal use of information from millions of Facebook profiles during "electoral strategy" work by the company Cambridge Analytica for the US Trump presidential campaign and the British Leave campaign during the Brexit referendum.

Whether these changes will be enough to mollify the concerns of privacy experts, lawmakers and the FTC, is anyone's guess.

Committee chair Damian Collins branded as "absolutely astonishing" the Facebook founder's continuing refusal to appear in front of MPs.

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