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Facebook takes first steps to start complying with new data privacy laws

18 April 2018 3

Facebook is started to comply with new privacy laws in Europe and then these rules will be spread to everyone “no matter where they live.” The new privacy rules have been introduced as part of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Earlier this month, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg promised to expand these GDPR privacy controls everywhere and an official blog post has confirmed the same too.

Facebook via its blog post tells what it will do in order to start “complying with new privacy laws."

Everyone under this change will be asked to review important information about how Facebook uses data and make choices about their privacy on Facebook.


It will ask everyone to make choices about the ads based on data from partners. Under this law, people have the right to review information about this type of advertising and to choose whether or not they want us to use data from partners to show them ads. Users will also get notifications about some of the information they are sharing like their religion and political views, and they will also be asked whether they want to continue sharing and keep it on their Facebook profiles ahead of strict new privacy rules that take effect in the European Union on May 25th.

Many privacy rules were already available but Facebook has now made them more transparent for an easy readability and understanding. For instance, users will see the second option too in the Face recognition setting.


Before, this, the users had to edit this option to either opt-in or opt-out of this feature. But, it's more about making people in the EU aware of the facial recognition tech. It will finally prompt users to opt for the company’s use of facial recognition software, which Facebook hasn’t used in Europe because of regulations.

Since the privacy policy is updated again, the users will be asked to agree on the company’s updated terms of service and data policy. The company is also going to reduce the amount of data it gives to users below the age of 16, no matter where they live.

Under the new changes, Facebook will also introduce a new global online resource center specifically for teens.

Even where the law doesn’t require this, we’ll ask every teen if they want to see ads based on data from partners and whether they want to include personal information in their profiles.

While announcing the new privacy laws, Facebook also made a quick review on what it brought earlier this month in the wake of Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Facebook also changed the settings interface so as to offer more clutter-free experience to its users so that they could understand their rights more easily.


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