On Wednesday morning, Facebook announced that they are making data settings and tools easier to find.
Prior to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, many Facebook users had a difficult time searching for their privacy settings by having to jump through numerous loopholes in order to access that information. Now Facebook has added a single access point in the Account Settings section.
Information pertaining to privacy, security, and ads have also been difficult to find. The new privacy shortcuts menu allows users easy access to this information. Facebook has described this updated feature as, “a clearer, more visual, and easy-to-find experience.”
From the privacy shortcuts menu, users are able to:
In a surprise twist, Facebook is making it easier to delete your data, something that the company has come under fire for in recent days. Facebook has now introduced Access Your Information – a secure way for people to access and manage their information, such as posts, reactions, comments, and things you’ve searched for. Users can now access this in order to delete anything from their timelines or profiles that they no longer want.
Users are now able to download their data that they’ve shared on Facebook which includes photos you’ve uploaded, contacts you’ve added to your account, posts on your timeline, and more.
“It’s also our responsibility to tell you how we collect and use your data in language that’s detailed, but also easy to understand. In the coming weeks, we’ll be proposing updates to Facebook’s terms of service that include our commitments to people. We’ll also update our 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.
We’ve worked with regulators, legislators and privacy experts on these tools and updates. We’ll have more to share in the coming weeks, including updates on the measures Mark shared last week.”