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Facebook Updated Its Privacy Rules In An Attempt To Fix Itself With Its Users HollywoodGossip
NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook announced on Wednesday it is modifying the way its users can protect their privacy, amid criticism of the ease with which a company stole personal data from millions of people and the imminent application of a series of regulations of the European Union. The changes do not affect the privacy policies of the social network, nor the category of data that it collects from its users, but the company expects that its 2,200 million subscribers will find it easier to navigate the complicated protocol to adjust privacy rates.
Facebook also maintains that it wants to offer an easier way for people to access and download the data that is being collected. The announcement comes amid revelations of a consulting firm linked to the campaign of Donald Trump, Cambridge Analytica, got the data of millions of Facebook users. This included data from friends of people who had filled out a questionnaire about psychological skills, even though those friends never gave their consent.
In addition, Facebook is receiving a storm of criticism for collecting the names, phone numbers and records of calls and texts of users of Android phones over the years. Facebook has not explained how he used that information or why he needed it. On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission warned that it is investigating Facebook for its privacy policies.
The privacy director of Facebook, Erin Egan, said in a blog that most of the modifications were being planned for some time but that “the events of the last days have underlined their importance”.Facebook also announced that in the following weeks it will modify its privacy policies and its service contract, but did not provide details.
Over the years, the company has tried to simplify the way people can adjust their privacy levels, but adjustments are still difficult to find. For example, Facebook announced in 2009 that it was consolidating six pages of information about its privacy levels into one. Even so, many users of the Facebook app for mobile phones had to go to almost 20 different places to access all the privacy controls. Facebook now says that the controls will be accessible from a single screen and that it will add “clearer explanations” about how your privacy controls work.