On Monday 29th January, Facebook announced that it will create a new privacy center, specifically for user’s privacy protection. The company said it will publish its privacy principles for the first time since its establishment. The policies will show how the company collects, stores and uses its subscribers’ data.
Facebook’s step for publishing the privacy principles is to take place ahead of new European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law introduction. The laws are to restrict all tech companies from accessing user data. The new data protection law takes effect from 25th May 2018.
Also, Facebook said in a blog post that it has rolled out videos with tutorials to help users know how to manage data. One can access the short video in the users’ news-feed. It also explains how a user can delete old posts.. And in case a user deletes an account, the video explains what happens to the data.
Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, said that the creation of the new privacy center will help the company to adhere to GDPR’s strict laws. The law will require companies to allow users to export their data and delete it. Or the company can remove specific data online according to the user’s request. In case the users’ information disappears from the system, the companies will have up to 72 hours to report the incident.
The European Union GDPR laws will be observed across the 28 member countries. Any company that will fail to adhere to the rules will be subject to a fine of up to four percent of its annual revenues.
Facebook, a company that enjoys over two billion users globally currently promotes a ‘Privacy Check-up’ feature. This is a tool that helps you control who can see what you share online and your profile information like phone numbers.
Erin Egan, Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer, said in a blog post that even though the platform connects millions of people, not everyone would like to share everything with everyone.
Apart from Facebook, Google and Microsoft have also rolled out the new privacy tools.