Assessing Facebook's New Privacy Tools

Assessing Facebook's New Privacy Tools

Facebook has announced tools to give users more access and control of their data.

  • The announcement was made in a blog post by VPs Erin Egan and Ashlie Beringer.
  • These updates have been scheduled for "some time" as they were needed to comply with upcoming EU regulations
  • The changes will take hold in "the coming weeks".

What's new?

  •  A redesign of the settings menu, localising the various settings spread over 20 pages into a single place. 
  • A new privacy shortcut menu, designed to be a hub where users can more easily control the existing Facebook privacy protocols. 
  • A new page called "Access Your Information". Here users can manage, download and permanently delete any of their data stored by Facebook. 

The old settings menu on the left and the new settings menu on the right. Facebook

Will this help combat 3rd party data mining?

  • Indirectly yes, as it gives users greater ease in removing their data, although it does not make it easier to permanently delete an account. Furthermore, the updates do not significantly change Facebook's internal data collection. 
  • As mentioned previously these updates were required in order to comply with EU regulations. Facebook has already announced how they intend to combat 3rd party data misuse.
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