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Facebook makes privacy tools easier to find following security breach

Facebook makes privacy tools easier to find following security breach

The I-Team has information on how to navigate Facebook's newly announced privacy settings and other steps you can take to protect your privacy.

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Facebook is facing unprecedented scrutiny following reports that the data mining firm used ill-gotten data from tens of millions of its users to try to influence elections.

Facebook announced Wednesday that they have made their privacy tools easier to find and use.

Facebook claims most of the updates have been "in the works for some time", adding: "Events of the past several days underscore their importance".

They follow intense criticism of the firm after it emerged that data about 50 million users had been harvested and passed on to a political consultancy.

Settings also allows you to change who can see your posts, tag you in photos, what ads are targeted to you, and disable facial recognition.

We looked to the wise minds at Good (where you'll also find further information on protecting and limiting your social presence) to figure out how to download the all the best (and worst, admittedly) of our Facebook existence.




The company also said it would propose in the coming weeks updates to the social media website's terms of service and data policy to better spell out what information it collects and how it uses it.

The action precedes the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May.

The changes won't affect Facebook's privacy policies or the types of data it gathers about its users. "While this is common industry practice, we believe this step, winding down over the next six months, will help improve people's privacy on Facebook".

"The biggest difference is ease of access in settings, which fulfills Mark Zuckerberg's promise to make the privacy process and permissions more transparent to users", Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said.

Among them are a promise to inform people who may have been impacted by Cambridge Analytica's data use and to audit apps that had access to Facebook data. "We are beginning work on this and will have more details as we finalize the program updates in the coming weeks".

Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University professor of communications, said the new privacy settings and tools "are so obviously important to users that one has to wonder why this wasn't already done".

"It's been a very intense week", Sherman said in an interview.

"If we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them from our platform", Archibong said, adding that the changes are meant to "help mitigate any breach of trust with the broader developer ecosystem". You will also now be able to see clearly which of your information can and cannot be shared with apps, given that a lot of rumors and conspiracy theories (some more believable than others) have been flying around.