Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he's "been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again" in reference to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Now according to a report from The Information (paywall; via Engadget), it seems that Facebook will also be further tweaking the upcoming devices to focus on privacy.
Acknowledging a responsibility to tell users how Facebook collects and uses personal data, the company said it plans to propose updates to Facebook's terms of service that include the firm's commitments to its users.
To comply with this, Facebook is adding a section called "access your information", a secure way for users to manage data they've shared with the company, including status updates, comments and things they have searched for. Although Facebook has never technically obfuscated the fact that it collects your message logs and call data, the extent of its scraping only came to light last week when a New Zealand man found all the data in his Facebook archive.
The Menlo Park, California-based social networking company has been under extreme pressure recently following reports that data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica allegedly used information on more than 50 million users without their consent in order to aid the Trump campaign for targeted political ads in the 2016 US presidential race.
The company has tried over the years to simplify its privacy settings, yet the controls remain hard to find and use for many people. In doing so, the social networking giant promises to eliminate the number of screens you need to go through to make changes to your Facebook account. "I think it's pretty standard for the most part and easy to access", said Guy DiBalsamo, Facebook user. The data is not sold to third parties, it said. Facebook says users have "choices over their data", even if that hasn't been apparent.
After viral tweets sparked outrage about Facebook's data collection policies, Facebook said in a "fact check" statement that the claims were inaccurate.
"We are beginning work on this and will have more details as we finalise the program updates in the coming weeks".
"It's been a very intense week", Sherman said in an interview. Some Facebook users agreed to give their information to Kogan's app, but apaarently he also got permission to harvest data on all their Facebook friends, Mint reported.
"If we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them from our platform", Archibong said, adding that the changes are meant to "help mitigate any breach of trust with the broader developer ecosystem".
"We've also cleaned up outdated settings so it's clear what information can and can't be shared with apps", Facebook said in the announcement.