Facebook increases user control over privacy

Facebook is increasing the amount of control users have over their data by asking them to give explicit permission for it to share data with third-parties.

Users now have to give permission for third-party applications and websites to access their private information.

The default information that third parties can access will be a user’s public information, which includes name, profile picture, gender and networks. To access any extra data a user now has to give explicit permission for the application or website to use it.

Bret Taylor, Facebook chief technology officer, said, “In order for these applications and websites to provide social and customized experiences, they need to know a little bit about you. We understand, however, that it’s important that you also have control over what you’re sharing.”

This is the latest in the company’s move to give users more control over their data. Last month, Facebook changed its general privacy settings and added new controls for users after the site had come under criticism for having too confusing and complicated privacy settings.

This story first appeared on newmediaage.co.uk

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