Facebook braces for new European Union privacy law

Ann Santiago
January 30, 2018

The company has also shared its privacy principles for the first time - highlighting its approach to safeguarding user data. Not only will it teach you about the tools you can use, like who can see your posts, how to control what information they use to show you ads, reviewing old posts, and even deleting your account.

As well, Facebook says that it will roll out a dedicated privacy centre later this year that keeps central privacy settings in one place.

Going forward, Facebook says it will also continue to work towards holding itself accountable for keeping personal information private.

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

According to Sandberg, the changes give Facebook "a very good foundation to meet all the requirements" of the 28-member bloc's new data rules called the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR, which apply to any company that keeps data on European Union citizens.

Facebook's latest moves don't include changing the way the company handles user data and it does little to address questions over how it aggregates and shares information.


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

We give you control of your privacy. "Consumers are willing to share data if they perceive there is a value or benefit to them in return Offer consumers benefits and rewards in exchange for the use of their data", said Schulz. The new videos will appear in the News Feed in the near future. Facebook, which has 2 billion users, said it will show different videos on different privacy topics throughout the year.

GDPR is already shaking up the internet, and having major consequences for the whole world - not just countries in the EU.

Facebook's announcement comes a week after chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said that the company will make its privacy settings easier to find.

"Our apps have always been focused on giving people transparency and control and this gives us a very good foundation to meet all the requirements of the GDPR and to spur us on to continuing investing in products and in educational tools to protect privacy", Sandberg said.

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