Facebook damage limitation continues with simplified privacy settings - but only on mobile

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg

The company says it is also making it easier to download your personal data from Facebook.

Facebook announced a series of changes on Wednesday to give users more control over their data, after a huge data scandal which has wiped more than $100 billion from its stock market value. Facebook released these changes after coming under intense public and regulatory pressure for unauthorized disclosures of private information to a third-party firm called Cambridge Analytica that allegedly used it to profile voters for the Trump campaign in 2016. It will also let people manage the information the company uses to show ads.

Zuckerberg last week apologized for the breach of trust and outlined concrete steps the company would take to better protect users, including ways to make sure people understand who has access to their data and showing them a tool at the top of the News Feed.

The social network is under fire for its involvement in a data scandal in which political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica illegally harvested information from millions of users.

The updates are explained in a company blog post published on March 28 by chief privacy officer Erin Egan and deputy general counsel Ashlie Beringer.

Admitting that its users would like to be aware of what it does with the data it collects, Facebook has added a way to view and delete everything you have shared with the site. For example, Facebook announced in 2009 that it was consolidating six privacy pages and more than 30 settings on to a single privacy page.

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Spokespeople for the three committees - including the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Commerce Committee - did not respond to emails seeking comment Tuesday.

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Do you want to download your data for backup purposes, or to rid yourself entirely of the social network?

There is a new Privacy Shortcuts menu that will become available which will allow users to control their data with just a few taps when using a mobile device.

Users would be able to download the data shared with Facebook, including uploaded photos, contacts added to their account, and posts on timelines. 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. 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.

'These updates are about transparency - not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data'.

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