Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones

Facebook's privacy practices have come under fire after revelations that a Trump-affiliated consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, got data on millions of Facebook users.

Still firmly in damage limitation mode, Facebook has announced updates to how its bewildering settings menus are displayed and how the privacy of its two billion users can be tightened.

The company announced a suite of new, more intuitive privacy controls Wednesday morning, including a way to download and delete data, a redesigned settings menu, and additional shortcuts for controlling private information. Therefore, instead of having settings spread across almost 20 different screens, users can now access it all from a single place. Settings, which had previously been separated by asking questions like "How do I stop someone from bothering me?", are now divided into security, personal information, ads you see and management of who sees your posts and profile information.

Facebook is also making it easier to download the data shared with the platform by downloading a secure copy and moving it to another service.


The social network wants to help people control their data - but will it just speed up the exodus?

'In the coming weeks, we'll be proposing updates to Facebook's terms of service that include our commitments to people.

Diane L Houk, a lawyer for of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady, said: "We want the court to order Facebook to develop a plan to remove any ability for advertisers to access Facebook's checklists for excluding groups of people in the posting of housing-related ads".

"Finally, Facebook admits it has a responsibility to tell users ".how we collect and use your data in language that's detailed, but also easy to understand". There you will find the apps which have access to different parts of your information; you can completely delete their privileges or adjust them accordingly.


Playboy says it's leaving Facebook over the social network's handling of user data. Users will be able to delete anything from their timeline or profile.

In addition, members will be able to download specific categories of data including their photos from a selected time range, rather than only being able to export a single large file that might take hours to obtain. "We'll have more to share in the coming weeks, including updates on the measures Mark shared last week", company says.

The new controls also better spell out what data the company collects and how it's used.

He complained that Facebook's content guidelines and corporate policies contradict Playboy's values and that the platform "in our opinion continues to be sexually repressive".


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