How to find and delete the data Facebook gathers on you

How to find and delete the data Facebook gathers on you

Facebook has produced multiple iterations to its privacy settings pages over the years, often in response to criticism that the system is too complicated for most people to understand what they are and aren't sharing. However, that comes with the trade-off of having your data and information passed along to marketers and businesses to target you for ads. Instead of burying these options across various pages deep within the settings page, Facebook plans to put privacy tools front-and-center. Facebook also said it added a specific menu for privacy shortcuts.

"You're in control of privacy and security on Facebook" is the message on the new one-stop shop - but maybe busy users just do not have the time to take back control without a lot more nudging.

National investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen demonstrated on TODAY Wednesday how to download all the information Facebook has gathered on you, as the company deals with an ongoing backlash over data breaches and privacy issues.

Facebook's Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said he would be open to additional government regulation, according to Reuters.

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Additionally, Facebook Login data collection will be restricted so that apps that haven't undergone a review can only access a user's name, profile photo, and email address.

The company acknowledged that it needed to "do more to keep people informed", but said the changes have been "in the works for some time".

To control who sees your personal information, experts say you should adjust your privacy settings.

The US Federal Trade Commission this week said it had launched a probe into whether the social network violated consumer protection laws or a 2011 court-approved agreement on protecting private user data.

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Finally, Facebook is introducing tools which make it claims make it easier for users to find, download and delete the data the social giant has stored on them.

It's exactly what the public doesn't want amid revelations that Facebook data was abused by third-party Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 presidential election. "We are beginning work on this and will have more details as we finalize the program updates in the coming weeks", Ime Archibong, Facebook's vice president of product partnerships, wrote this week. The company has created a new extension called Facebook Container. This will make it hard for Facebook to keep a track of users' online activities.

'These updates are about transparency - not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data'. "This includes posts you've shared or reacted to, friend requests you've sent, and things you've searched for on Facebook", the company adds.

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