Facebook is updating its privacy settings to make it easier for you to control what you share — with the social network and connected apps — and tools to delete the data it has collected on you.
The social networking giant takes this action after a consumer and regulatory backlash over the misuse of personal information of as many as 50 million Facebook users by data analysis and political ad firm Cambridge Analytica, which said it helped Donald Trump get elected.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress about the incident. Three congressional committees have requested he appear.
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.
Facebook detailed some changes to its mobile app to make it easier to find and adjust privacy settings, the company said Wednesday in an online post. A new Privacy Shortcuts section lets you “control your data in just a few taps, with clearer explanations of how our controls work,” Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan and the company’s general counsel Ashlie Beringer said in the post.
Within the Privacy Shortcuts section, users can review what they have shared on Facebook — and delete it if they wish — as well as manage what ads are seen and make their account more secure with two-factor authentication.
A new “Access Your Information” section lets you manage your Facebook activity and download a copy of the data you’ve shared on the network.
“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,” the Facebook execs say.
Facebook is also working on updates to its terms of service, including “our commitments to people” and changes to its data policy “to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it,” they say. “These updates are about transparency — not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data.”
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