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Facebook Update Makes It Easier To Access Privacy Settings

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Grady Vargas | 30 March, 2018, 00:43

Earlier this month, whistleblower Christopher Wylie revealed Cambridge Analytica created psychological profiles on 50 million Facebook users via a personality prediction app. After surging to a 52-week high of $195 in January, shares have retreated to levels where they traded last July. Facebook said that it also removed outdated settings that can make it confusing to know which of the user's information is being shared with third-party apps.

The congressional hearings were prompted by revelations that data consultancy Cambridge Analytica had wrongfully obtained personal information on at least 30 million American Facebook users.

The idea is to make it more useful for people to take control of their information, allowing them to see what Facebook has collected - and to wipe the slate clean, if they so choose.

Facebook's chief privacy officer, Erin Egan, said in a blog post that most of the privacy updates have been in the works for "some time, but the events of the past several days underscore their importance". Additional security options, including "two-factor authentication", have also been implemented.

Facebook said it did not implement the changes entirely because of Cambridge Analytica - and wasn't motivated exclusively by Europe's new data protection rules, either.

"It's our responsibility to tell you how we collect and use your data in a language that's detailed, but also easy to understand".

As such, the apps were able to collect such data until Google changed the Android API version 4.0 in October 2017; Apple fans can sit smugly knowing there were no such issues with iOS versions of Facebook's apps. Facebook responded and noted users needed to opt-in to an agreement for their metadata to be accessed.

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In addition, the state's attorney of Cook County in IL has sued Facebook and Cambridge Analytica for consumer fraud after revelations that the latter obtained data on millions of Facebook users.

First, Facebook plans to roll out a redesign of its settings menu on mobile devices.

The class action lawsuit Facebook faces hasn't disclosed an amount the plaintiffs are seeking yet, and it still needs to be assessed by a judge, who'll need to decide if enough people have been affected by the data harvesting.

The social network also today introduced a tool called "Access Your Information", which will let you review your posts, reactions, comments, and things you've searched for, then delete anything you no longer want on your profile or the platform.

One realization came after a news story detailed how U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents use Facebook data to track and locate suspects.

Not just his Facebook friends, but all the contacts in his phone regardless if they are Facebook users or not.

The changes won't affect Facebook's privacy policies or the types of data it gathers on users.

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