Facebook Gives Users Greater Privacy Controls Ahead Of GDPR

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Facebook has made a decision to share its privacy principles for the first time, as it begins an education campaign aimed at helping users gain an understanding of how the platform uses and manages their data.

The social media company will release educational videos to help users understand how their personal data is used and how they can control it. The social media giant has designed this based on the feedback from people, policymakers and privacy experts.

Facebook also said it will host more workshops on data protection for small and medium businesses, beginning in Europe.

According to Sandberg, the changes give Facebook "a very good foundation to meet all the requirements" of the 28-member bloc's new data rules called the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR, which apply to any company that keeps data on European Union citizens. It has also announced plans to make users' core privacy settings easier to find on the website. Under GDPR, tech companies, even those that are USA -based, will be required to report data breaches within 72 hours or face a tough penalty.

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Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer said in a speech last week that the new privacy center would give Facebook a "very good foundation to meet all the requirements of the GDPR and to spur us on to continue investing in products and in educational tools to protect privacy".

No longer tucked away in a discreet corner of the app, Facebook has launched an all-new set of privacy tools to help you control what people can and can't see on the site. It's important that you have choices when it comes to how your data is used.

Today (29 January), the company took the major step of publishing its privacy principles, giving the average user an insight into how their information is handled. However, it is unclear if the company is owning accountability for future data breaches, but it asserts that it will put "products through rigorous data security testing". This was stated by European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel in a video address to a conference on the General Data Protection Regulation's coming into force in May 2018, FOCUS News Agency reported. It as well invites the users to go through its Privacy Checkup as an extension of the campaign, for the better experience in managing data.