Facebook revises privacy policy

Facebook will give users greater control over information given to third-party applications following pressure from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

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Specific changes include an update on Facebook’s privacy policy to give better clarity on subjects such as reasons for the collection of date of birth and how its advertising programme works. It will also be encouraging users to review their privacy settings to make sure the default selections reflect their preferences.

The social network will also introduce a new model for third-party apps that will require applications to specify the categories of information they wish to access and obtain express consent from the user before any data is shared.

Elliot Schrage, VP of global communications and public policy at Facebook, said, “We believe these changes are not only great for our users and address all of the Commissioners’ outstanding concerns, but also set a new standard for the industry.”

Work on the changes to the platform will start immediately, although Facebook said some changes may take a while before they’re visible to users.

This story first appeared on newmediaage.co.uk

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