Facebook braces for new European Union privacy law

30 January, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Carmen Reese
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Facebook says it will launch a new privacy center to help people understand what it does with their data as the giant social network prepares for sweeping new data protection rules in Europe created to rein in the growing power of major USA technology companies.

Amid mounting pressure from governments and consumer watchdogs, Facebook is rolling out a new education campaign to help users answer that question, as well as safeguard their data.

The first workshops are being hosted in Europe and are focused on the General Data Protection Regulations - the European Union's regulation for data sharing and protection. A new privacy centre will be established this year, featuring all the settings in a single place and the company says it is being designed based on feedback from users, privacy experts and policymakers.

The push will also include a series of educational videos that clarify how people can take greater control over their data on the social network.

No longer tucked away in a discreet corner of the app, Facebook has launched an all-new set of privacy tools to help you control what people can and can't see on the site.

For tips on helping users take control of their data, the post encouraged use of the Privacy Checkup tool.

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Facebook announced a new plan to be as ostensibly transparent as possible when it comes to management of user data, in preparation for an imminent strict European law.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, while speaking in Belgium last week said that Facebook new changes will put it in line with EU's GDPR. The new videos will appear in the News Feed in the near future.

"The release of these privacy principles was to essentially get ahead of the GDPR", said Frances Zelazny, the vice president of BioCatch, a security company that uses behavioral biometrics.

GDPR is already shaking up the internet, and having major consequences for the whole world - not just countries in the EU. "Facebook knows that if they are not prepared they could get into trouble down the road".

This month, Facebook has shared the first two major changes coming to the social media service.

In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, billionaire philanthropist and leading donor to liberal causes George Soros described Facebook and Google as menacing, monopolistic companies.


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