Facebook tweaks privacy settings to make it easier to find data it collects

Facebook redesigns privacy settings page on its platform but it is definitely not enough to safeguard your data

  • Published: March 29, 2018 9:33 AM IST
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Facebook is once again tweaking the privacy settings page following the ongoing debate around Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The goal this time around is to make the privacy settings easier to find on mobile and better define what data it collects from over 2 billion users on its platform.

The social media giant says the new privacy settings page has redesigned from top to bottom which will make it easier to navigate, particularly on mobile. With the updated settings page, Facebook users will be able to see all settings in a single page as opposed to settings spread across nearly 20 different screens. It is also cleaning up outdated settings so it’s clear what information can and cannot be shared with apps.

Facebook’s new privacy shortcuts menu

As part of the redesign, Facebook is creating new privacy shortcuts menu based on user feedback that information about about privacy, security, and ads should be much easier to find. The privacy shortcuts menu will come with an image and clearer explanation of how the control work. Now, Facebook users can add additional layer of protection like two-factor authentication and review what they have shared and delete it if you want to.

Facebook has allowed users to control who sees their posts and the information they choose to include in their profile. The new updated privacy settings page just makes it even more easier to discover those settings. Facebook will also allow its users to manage the information the company users to show ads.

Facebook is also launching a new page called “Access Your Information” from which users can further evaluate the information they have shared and manage it. From this page, Facebook users download the data they have shared with the platform and can also delete things they have shared in the past.

Technically, none of these privacy tools are new and Facebook itself has tweaked the settings page several times since its inception. The only major change is how easier it will be to discover these settings and it is unclear why the settings page was not designed like this from the start.

Facebook’s problem is also not limited to these privacy settings and it has more to do how the platform is vulnerable to data theft and data harvesting. The announcement today is just a small step and the social network should do a lot more if it is really concerned about the privacy of its users. Most importantly, it needs to do that sooner or else it will see more people and organizations follow in the footsteps of Elon Musk and his companies to quit the platform for good.

  • Published Date: March 29, 2018 9:33 AM IST