Published: Thu, March 29, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

India asks Facebook to respond to data breach allegations by April 7

India asks Facebook to respond to data breach allegations by April 7

Yet mobile users still had to go to almost 20 different places to access all of their privacy controls. A new page called Access Your Information allows users to review past interactions with the site - including the things they have "liked" and the comments they have posted - with the option to make deletions.

The changes, rolling out in coming weeks, will also enable users to prevent the social network from sharing that information with advertisers and other third parties.

To be sure, users have always been able to download a copy of all the information that Facebook keeps.

A spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Tuesday that the committee is working with Facebook to determine a day and time for Zuckerberg to testify.

Facebook is facing a firestorm of protests and calls for investigations following disclosures that personal data on some 50 million users was hijacked by a consulting firm linked to Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

Facebook announced Wednesday that the company will make it easier for users to find various privacy settings in the wake of criticism of how the company collects data on user habits.

Users will also be given more control over the content they've previously shared on Facebook, and they will be able to more easily delete it if they want to. "We have a responsibility to protect your data - and if we can't, then we don't deserve to serve you", he said in a Facebook post.

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"The last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies, and to help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data", writes Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan.

"It is and will remain Facebook's business model to collect data and make it accessible to people with the right profiles in exchange for money", he said.

In its blog post, Facebook claims many of these changes have been in the works for a while and that regulators, legislators and privacy experts were consulted during the process. It will also let people manage the information the company uses to show ads.

"Facebook is the face of a larger problem - the problem of big data and privacy - and it's so large and nebulous and intractable that we have no real way to understand it, and so we wait until one of these whistleblowers come along, and that will be keep happening".

Cambridge Analytica is now being investigated UK Information Commissioner's Office.

The ministry has raised five questions in all including whether the personal data of Indian voters and users has been compromised by Cambridge Analytica or any other downstream entity in any manner.

The FTC said on Monday that it "takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook".

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