Facebook to give users more control over personal information
Mar 29 2018
"Facebook's bug bounty program will expand so that people can also report to us if they find misuses of data by app developers", Ime Archibong, Facebook's director of platform partnerships, said Monday.
"The past decade shows that user concerns over privacy appear to have little teeth on changing how the platform behaves, aside from a recycling of contrite statements and promises to do better from its CEO", she said. Users will also be able to review what personal information they've shared and they will also have the option to delete it.
Facebook noted that it will be proposing new updates to its terms of service and its data policy to make sure that users will easily understand what data it collects and how it uses it.
First up, Facebook has redesigned its app's settings page on iOS and Android.
"We're taking additional steps in the coming weeks to put people more in control of their privacy", Facebook said.
The company says the changes will be rolled out in the coming weeks and will involve condensing all the various security menus - that are now spread out over 20 different screens - into one easy to manage tab on the Facebook menu.
"We've heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find and that we must do more to keep people informed".
Facebook on Wednesday announced an overhaul of its privacy tools that will make it easier for users to find and edit the personal information the company holds. The site reportedly bases users' political motivations on their Facebook likes, the site will determine a users' political affiliations regardless of whether or not they have publicly stated their support for a particular political candidate.
The post also said: "We've worked with regulators, legislators and privacy experts on these tools and updates".
"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".
Make your account more secure: You can add more layers of protection to your account, like two-factor authentication.
Another addition tied directly to the recent privacy scandal, Facebook has unveiled "Access Your Information", a feature that lets you access and manage information from your profile. It requires companies to give people a "right to portability" - to take their data with them - and imposes fines of up to 4 per cent of global revenue for companies breaking the law. For example, users will now be able to look up a post from a specific date in the past.