Facebook has revealed that it is leading TCC (Trust, Transparency, and Control) Labs, a cross-industry lab that is aimed at improving the privacy controls available in software services such as Facebook, Snpachat, and others. TCC Labs’ about page went on to add that this lab was started “in recognition of the need for improved approaches to data transparency across all digital services.” The lab itself has been there for some time according to a report by MacRumors, and that is the reason Facebook chose to highlight the partnership with the lab.
According to the report, the lab has more than 60 organizations involved with the ultimate goal of creating “people-centric” privacy practices that are easy to understand and control while being user-friendly. According to a recent post on the website of TCC Labs, the team wants to discuss and educate the users so that they know how their data is being used. The Labs is trying to do this with the help of clear illustrations about the flow of the data and all the data connections involved.
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The lab has also been trying to find alternative ways to teach more people about the importance of privacy and data controls with the help of an app “Friendlee”. Users were asked to make “customizable data controls into an ephemeral story format” such as Snapchat for educating teenagers about privacy. However, as the report points, most of the things being talked about in these articles are pure concepts at the time of writing. Regardless of that, it is not clear if Facebook will actually use any of these things.
This comes just a day after Facebook handed a 454-page long report with all the answers that Zuckerberg promised to get back on at a later time during his hearings. He was earlier called out for not revisiting the questions or providing any answers for the things that he responded with that he will get back to the lawmakers.