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Facebook changes privacy settings: What you need to know

Facebook changes privacy settings: What you need to know

As the fallout from the scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica continues, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been invited to testify at a hearing to be held on April 10th by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. But the quiz gathered information on their friends as well, bringing the total number of people affected to about 50 million.

Facebook has for years given advertisers the option of targeting their ads based on data collected by companies such as Acxiom Corp and Experian PLC.

The controversial data company's product lead spoke to TechRepublic to clarify the firm's role on the Trump campaign and outline a vision for the future of enterprise analytics. Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission confirmed it is investigating the company's handling of data.

The company has tried over the years to simplify its privacy settings, yet the controls remain hard to find and use for many people. The new page consolidates 20 separate screens down to a single page and ditched some outdated settings.

Facebook isn't adding any new privacy settings, but it is simply making it easier for users to find them.

Also on tap is a new Privacy Shortcuts menu, which will let you "control your data in just a few taps", Egan and Beringer wrote.




The reports spiralled into a crisis for Facebook, which is sending Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg to testify in front of Congress on privacy in the coming weeks.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation enters into force on May 25 and requires companies to give people a "right to portability", namely to take their data with them.

Facebook's Archibong said developers who are caught misusing personally-identifiable information will be banned from the platform. In the new centralized page, people will be given a streamlined list of what each app is collecting on them, as well as the ability to delete the apps.

Users still won't be able to delete data that they had given third-party apps on the platform previously, even if it was used for reasons other than what users agreed to. The decree prevented Facebook from sharing information about subscribers without their permission.

Edwards said he is essentially powerless to do more about it under current laws, but a potential future court case could be used to examine what obligations the company has under New Zealand law.

The job listings include a Washington DC-based public policy manager "to work with both the legislative branch and third-party groups as a clear line of communication, helping to advocate on behalf of the company's mission and goals" as well as a politics and government manager to "work with candidates, elected officials, and others in the United States political system to use our platform and civic engagement tools to connect in meaningful and innovative ways".


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