Facebook Unveils Privacy Principles Ahead Of EU Privacy Law

Facebook Unveils Privacy Principles Ahead Of EU Privacy Law

Facebook said on Monday it was publishing its privacy principles for the first time and rolling out educational videos to help users control who has access to their information, as it prepares for the start of a tough new European Union data protection law. And national regulators will be able to issue fines if companies collect personal data without consent or misuse personal data.

These new measures are Facebook's response to feedback from policymakers, users, as well as data security experts.

Many believe that the announcement made by Facebook is a sign that large tech companies are getting ready for this new Law.

This announcement comes few days after it was confirmed by the company's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg.

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The firm will also, from Monday, show educational videos in News Feed that help users get information on important topics such as controlling what information Facebook uses to show you ads and how to review and delete old posts.

"We recognize that people use Facebook to connect, but not everyone wants to share everything with everyone - including with us".

Facebook, which isn't famed for its transparent stance on privacy, also said on Monday that it works with designers, developers, privacy professionals and regulators to get input on its data practices and policies, adding that it's "constantly working" to develop new controls and design them in ways that explain things to people clearly. On Sunday, the tech giant announced that it has published its privacy principles for the first time since its inception.

As for the privacy update, Facebook shared the news yesterday in a post in honor of Data Privacy Day.

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Facebook will also make core privacy settings easier to locate.

Facebook said that it will introduce a "privacy center", a one-stop-shop within the platform for adjusting privacy settings.

Additionally, Facebook is developing resources to help other organizations build privacy into their respective services. Now it takes up to 90 days for users to permanently delete their profile from the Facebook servers. The videos will appear in the News Feed, he said. In a blog post the chief privacy office at Facebook, Erin Egan said that Facebook takes user privacy very seriously.

"It should be a wake up call to every business that has studiously ignored GDPR for the past two years".

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