Facebook today April 4th has said it is updating and intensifying its terms on privacy and data sharing so as to help users see better how the social network is handling personal information.
The move by Facebook is folowing the recent storm faced by the firm after allegedly reveling personal information on tens of millions of users by a political consulting firm which sparked a raft of investigations worldwide.
“We’re not asking for new rights to collect, use or share your data on Facebook,” said a statement by Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan and deputy general counsel Ashlie Beringer.
“We’re also not changing any of the privacy choices you’ve made in the past.”
Facebook is under intense pressure to fix the problems which led to the harvesting of some 50 million user profiles by Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm working on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
The company is taking several measures just for improving privacy and transparency, but chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said it may take several years to adrress the issues raised
Egan and Beringer said that with the new terms of service, “we explain how we use data and why it’s needed to customize the posts and ads you see, as well as the groups, friends and pages we suggest.”
They wrote that “we will never sell your information to anyone” and impose “strict restrictions on how our partners can use and disclose data.”
“You have control over the ads you see, and we don’t share your information with advertisers,” the statement said.
“Our data policy explains more about how we decide which ads to show you.”
Egan and Beringer said Facebook will also explain how it gathers information from phones
“People have asked to see all the information we collect from the devices they use and whether we respect the settings on your mobile device (the short answer: we do),” they wrote.
Users may offer feedback on the new policy for seven days before Facebook finalizes the new rules and asks its members to accept them.
Source: Naija News