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Check out Facebook new privacy shortcuts, 'Access Your Information' feature

30 March 2018

In a blog post, Facebook explained how it has redesigned its entire settings menu on mobile devices to make things easier to find. Facebook has produced multiple iterations to its privacy settings pages over the years, often in response to criticism that the system is too complicated for most people to understand what they are and aren't sharing.

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.

Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University professor of communications, said the new privacy settings and tools "are so obviously important to users that one has to wonder why this wasn't already done". Facebook also said it added a specific menu for privacy shortcuts.

"Most of these updates have been in the works for some time, but the events of the past several days underscore their importance", company notes in its blog.

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Facebook is also planning to make it easier to download a copy of all the data you've shared with the company.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has snubbed an invitation to testify before a British parliamentary committee into the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

A new section called Access Your Information is also being introduced, which will allow users to permanently delete anything from their timeline or profile.

Facebook, with more than two billion users a month, provides advertisers with the ability to customise their messages and target who sees them by selecting from preset lists of demographics, likes, behaviours and interests, while excluding others.

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The ministry of electronics and IT on Wednesday said that a notice seeking details relating to breach of data from Facebook had been sent to Cambridge Analytica particularly with regard to reports in the media about questionable practices attributed to the UK-based firm in their efforts to influence elections. You have to be on a computer to access the information. But can you really trust Facebook with the same information given its numerous transgressions when it comes to user privacy?

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

"The social media company said the Privacy Act did not apply to it and it did not have to comply with the commissioner's request to review the information requested by the complainant", the watchdog said in a statement. Three users of the Facebook Messenger have filed lawsuits against the company for violating their privacy.

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Check out Facebook new privacy shortcuts, 'Access Your Information' feature