Facebook reveals new security settings amid privacy concerns

30 March, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Norman Carr
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Amid scandals, Facebook announced it would be changing the structure of its privacy settings to make it easier for users to access them.

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

"We are taking additional steps in the coming weeks to put people more in control of their privacy", they confirmed.

Electing to delete a category takes it off the Facebook servers, but the company says that just like deleting your account, it could take up to 90 days for that information to be completely wiped from their servers.

Public outcry has built since reports in The New York Times and The Observer that Cambridge Analytica improperly received data on tens of millions of Facebook users who downloaded an unrelated psychology app, and data on those users' friends, without their consent.

US regulators and state attorneys general are increasing pressure on Facebook as they probe whether the company's data-collection practices have hurt the people who use its services.

The communications experts that spoke with Spectrum News say even though Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will be testifying before some congress subcommittees about the issue, they don't anticipate much of anything will happen because the federal government has been leaning toward deregulation policies.

"Zuck promised easier, better privacy controls "in the coming weeks" eight years ago", Zeynep Tufekci, a University of North Carolina professor who studies social media, said on Twitter.

"This isn't the first or last broken promise".

"The solution isn't shifting the burden to the user because the problem is the negative externalities of the business model".


New European privacy rules that take effect in May have increased pressure on Facebook and other Internet companies to make sure all data is collected with users' permission.

Facebook's shares were up 1.2 percent at $154 on Wednesday.

Facebook settings as they appear before (left) and after (right) recent changes.

"Online platforms now lack meaningful legal incentives to protect users before their privacy is violated", Gilbert said in a statement.

In another big step, there will be the means to find, download and delete your Facebook data. Facebook says the data is used "to improve people's experience across Facebook" by helping to connect with others.

In response, Facebook has gone on an apology tour and introduced a number of fixes.

Facebook sources tell CNNMoney the 33-year-old CEO has come to terms with the fact that he will have to testify before Congress within a matter of weeks, and Facebook is now planning the strategy for his testimony.

Lawmakers in the United States and Britain are still clamoring for Zuckerberg himself to explain how users' data ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica.

On Wednesday, six consumer and privacy organizations called upon Facebook to cease all campaign contributions and election activity until they ensure the integrity of all apps on the platform.

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