Facebook is addressing data privacy ahead of GDPR

Facebook is addressing data privacy ahead of GDPR

The company's chief privacy officer Erin Egan posted a detailed breakdown on on Facebook's "privacy principles" detailing its approach to privacy and its ambition to demystify how it keeps its users' data private if they so desire. This involves arranging for workshops on data protection for small and medium businesses.

Facebook also announced on Monday that it would post educational videos instructing users on things like adjusting their privacy settings and removing old content from their profiles.

We design privacy into Facebook products with guidance from experts in areas like data protection and privacy law, security, interface design, engineering, product management, and public policy.

Facebook is bracing for new regulations created to help the 500 million consumers in Europe take back some control over how online businesses use their personal information. Facebook now promotes a more limited feature called Privacy Check-Up that gives you privacy controls over future posts, your profile's About Me section, and app preferences.

The social media giant is launching a number of new initiatives, like "a new education campaign" for people to know how it uses their data, as well as ways for them to take more control of the information.

Facebook is addressing data privacy ahead of GDPR

Under the GDPR data protection rules, companies such as Facebook will be expected to report data breaches within 72 hours and allow customers to export as well as delete their data.

"Our apps have always been focused on giving people transparency and control and this gives us a very good foundation to meet all the requirements of the GDPR and to spur us on to continuing investing in products and in educational tools to protect privacy", Sandberg said. "We're also developing resources that help other organizations build privacy into their services".

Facebook has faced probes from European Union regulators over its use of user data and tracking of online activities.

Facebook has published seven core privacy principles, which include helping users to understand how their data is used, designing privacy into Facebook products, and making it easier for users to delete personal information. "We help you connect with friends and family, discover local events and find groups to join".

Facebook has revealed how it handles privacy for its 1.5 billion uses on it social network, shedding light on how much control people have over their data.

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