Facebook says it will redesign privacy controls amid backlash

Facebook’s contacts upload warning

Facebook’s contacts upload warning

In a 2009 interview with United Kingdom broadcaster BBC News, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that Facebook would never sell user data.

The company acknowledged that it needed to "do more to keep people informed", but said the changes have been "in the works for some time".

Facebook on Wednesday launched a fresh effort to quell the firestorm over the hijacking of personal data, once again unveiling new privacy tools and settings to give users more control over how their information is shared. Facebook has announced that it is making it easier to find its privacy tools and menu. Now, Facebook says they will be accessible from a single place. This will make it hard for Facebook to keep a track of users' online activities.

The company takes this "delete it if you want to" notion a step further, because Facebook finally feels that its users are grown up enough to manage their own information.

Facebook's new hardware products, connected speakers with digital-assistant and video-chat capabilities, are undergoing a deeper review to ensure that they make the right trade-offs regarding user data, according to people familiar with the matter.

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The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 also includes a Wacom EMR pen which allows users to enjoy a stylus experience when using the device. Acer is touting the tablet as a ideal learning device for students in K-12 and its ease of deployment for school IT admins.

The thought of having a Facebook speaker in your home that can hear everything you say is pretty scary, as I said back in February, well before the Cambridge Analytica privacy-related issues came to light.

Anand Mahindra, whose Mahindra Group business empire spans everything from cars to real estate, sparked a flurry of brainstorming as Facebook reels from a scandal over the misuse of its user data. The update might appear to numerous privacy-related controversies, which have shown how much data Facebook collects and how lax it is about protecting that info, but it's likely part of Facebook's attempt to abide the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules before they go into effect on May 28. Several seemingly innocent apps that allow users to play games with their friends or share photos could also be quietly monitoring their posts, interactions with friends, and contacts.

Facebook will also add a feature called "Access Your Information" so users can see what they've posted and reacted to, as well as things they've searched for.

Egan and Beringer also announced updates to Facebook's terms of service and data policy to improve transparency about how the site collects and uses data. Three users of the Facebook Messenger have filed lawsuits against the company for violating their privacy.

And in a U.K. Parliament hearing, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower reignited fears of Facebook recording conversations without user consent. The company also introduced tools for downloading and deleting data the company has collected.

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