#DeleteFacebbok, as well as lawsuits, Congressional hearings and his plunging stock price must be making Mark Zuckerberg sweat.
Facebook just updated its privacy settings to make it easier for you to control what you share. Instead of deleting your account, you can now delete the data it’s collected on you.
Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan and the company’s general counsel Ashlie Beringer said in an online post that their new Privacy Shortcuts section let you,
“control your data in just a few taps, with clearer explanations of how our controls work.“
After a consumer and regulatory backlash over the misuse of personal information of 50 million people by Cambridge Analytica, things are heating up. Not one, not two but three congressional committees have requested that Zuckerberg testify. Anonymania reported that, with this breach in security, there has been a surge in the number of VPN users, in a bid to protect their IP addresses and location.
You’ve seen it on your feed, since reports in The New York Times and The Observer that Cambridge Analytica improperly got data on Facebook users who downloaded an unrelated psychology app without their consent.
In the Privacy Shortcuts section, users can review what they have shared on Facebook — and delete it if they wish — as well as manage what ads are seen, and make their account more secure with two-factor authentication.
And a new “Access Your Information” section lets you manage your Facebook activity and download a copy of the data you’ve shared on the network. Facebook execs say.
“The last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies, and to help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data.“
Facebook is also working on changes to its data policy,
“to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it. These updates are about transparency – not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data.“
Their stock price has plunged 20% in the past month, costing the company, shareholders and the Zuck over $80 billion.
(Photo, Facebook; via USA Today)