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Facebook to introduce new privacy controls in wake of data scandal

Facebook to introduce new privacy controls in wake of data scandal

To comply with this, Facebook is adding a section called "access your information", a secure way for users to manage data they've shared with the company, including status updates, comments and things they have searched for.

Around 300,000 Facebook users installed the app, and by granting access to their contacts, the data mining reached an estimated 50 million users.

Meanwhile, Zuckerberg faces mounting pressure to testify before Congress on the matter.

Three Facebook Messenger app users have filed a lawsuit claiming the social network violated their privacy by collecting logs of their phone calls and text messages.

Facebook has completely redesigned its settings menu on smartphones and tablets.

"Last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies and help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data", Egan and Beringer said in the blog post, titled 'It's time to make our privacy tools easier to find'.

Since 2006, Facebook has repeatedly promised to safeguard users' data through redesigns and by putting privacy controls front and center.

As tremors from Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal continue to reverberate, the social network has made it clearer for users to access and control their data privacy settings.

"We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you", wrote Zuckerberg.

The company says the changes will be rolled out in the coming weeks and will involve condensing all the various security menus - that are now spread out over 20 different screens - into one easy to manage tab on the Facebook menu.

The post also said: "We've worked with regulators, legislators and privacy experts on these tools and updates". That data, generated over years of games and personality quizzes that had access to private information, is largely still stored outside of Facebook's grasp by the private individuals and companies that built those applications.

"We're also making it easier to download the data you've shared with Facebook - it's your data, after all".

"The recent news about Facebook's alleged mismanagement of users' data has solidified our decision to suspend our activity on the platform at this time", said a statement from Playboy. GDPR is been created to protect the digital security of citizens within the European Union and how this policy limits the online companies collect data of their consumers.

"It is and will remain Facebook's business model to collect data and make it accessible to people with the right profiles in exchange for money", he said.


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