Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Fb revamps privateness settings forward of strict new European Union legal guidelines

Fb revamps privateness settings forward of strict new European Union legal guidelines

In order to address privacy issues, the company also said that it will soon launch educational videos that will help users to understand how they can control their privacy settings more efficiently.

As of Monday, users will be reminded by their News Feeds to take a "privacy checkup", Egan wrote in his blog, to ensure they are comfortable about what data they are sharing, and with whom. "This includes tools to make sure you share only what you want with the people you want to see it". The EU plans in May to implement new privacy laws, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 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 new rules go into effect on May 25.

A particular level of scrutiny is being placed on the larger tech companies that process and store reams of data about millions of people around the world as well as the EU. The rules are significant because they are some of the most robust since the dawn of the Internet exceeding consumer protection in the United States. The second major update was the announcement that Facebook will turn to its users to rank the trustworthiness of news sources.

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The firm will also, from Monday, show educational videos in News Feed that help users get information on important topics such as controlling what information Facebook uses to show you ads and how to review and delete old posts.

This announcement comes few days after it was confirmed by the company's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg.

The initiative is an example of how tech industry efforts to comply with the GDPR will spill over to users in the United States. "To do that, we need to build it into the design of the product".

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From a press release issued last week: "The Commission wants to ensure that all actors - European Union governments, national data protection authorities, companies and citizens - are ready for its entry into force on 25 May 2018".

What are the privacy principles?

"Facebook knows that if they are not prepared they could get into trouble down the road".

As for the new privacy center, Facebook didn't share many details outside of it arriving this year and that it will be gathering feedback from a variety of sources.

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