Facebook to change privacy controls in wake of data scandal

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Facebook said that it also removed outdated settings that can make it confusing to know which of the user's information is being shared with third-party apps.

According to Egan, they are making the settings regarding the data uploading, access to main system and browsing, sharing information and using Messenger app on Facebook and Facebook Lite will be made more accessible and easy to find for users.

The settings page for mobile devices also got a revamp, with easier-to-read descriptions of what each menu item does and a condensed single space as opposed to the previous version's 20 different screens.

'Instead of having settings spread across almost 20 different screens, they're now accessible from a single place, ' wrote Erin Egan, VP and chief privacy officer, and Ashlie Beringer, VP and deputy general counsel. From there, you'll be able to enable two-factor authentication, review and delete things you've shared on the platform, tweak your ad preferences, and manage who sees your posts and profile information. Reasons cited are growing controversy over the privacy of user data after the partisan data-mining and the news that consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had gained access to 50 million Facebook user accounts without user permission.

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Finally, expect some changes to Facebook's terms of service and data policy in the near future. Users' data was improperly accessed by British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

The company takes this "delete it if you want to" notion a step further, because Facebook finally feels that its users are grown up enough to manage their own information.

The announcement coincided with a fresh dispute with New Zealand's privacy watchdog, which accused Facebook of being in breach of local laws. They may also delete anything from their timeline or profile using this tab.

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Facebook is also facing questions about reports that it collected years of contact names, telephone numbers, call lengths and information about text messages from Android users.

The changes to the privacy settings will happen in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Facebook will be rolling out more such privacy protection measures in the coming weeks.

US regulators and state attorneys general are increasing pressure on Facebook as they probe whether the company's data-collection practices have hurt the people who use its services. "These updates are about transparency - not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data", the company said.

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