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Facebook's parent company, Meta, has changed its privacy policy

Posted by Priya Singh On 06-Jun-2022 02:08 AM

The company's updated privacy policies will be communicated to millions of Meta users, including those on Facebook and Instagram.


According to Meta, the enhancements are designed to make it easier to understand how consumers' data is used. The firm has already been rebuked by regulators and protesters over its management of client data.

Possession of the rights The changes will prohibit Meta from "gathering, utilizing, or sharing your data in new ways," according to Meta. However, there have been two modifications to how users can regulate how their data is processed.

A new feature will give users more control over who may view their postings by default. In addition, current controls over which adverts viewers see have been consolidated into a single interface. In addition, the corporation is changing its terms of service.

Michel Protti, Meta's chief privacy officer, indicated in a blog post that the business intended to "better communicate what is expected of us and those who utilize our services." He also added that this would include information on when the corporation may disable or terminate accounts, as well as additional information on what happens when an account is erased.

Meta also claims to be disclosing more information on the categories of third parties with whom it exchanges and receives data, as well as how data is exchanged throughout its products.

Users do not need to take any action in response to the policy changes in order to continue using Meta products, according to the company, people who do not accept the modifications "are free to abandon our services."

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According to Meta, the adjustments are an attempt to strike a compromise between a wish to simplify policy and "growing pressure from regulators and in privacy legislation to be more detailed." Meta's management and safety of user data is increasingly being scrutinized by regulators. The corporation warned in February that "regulatory obstacles" were likely to restrict future expansion.

In March, the firm was fined €17 million (£14.4 million) for violating EU data privacy laws in 2018.

On Monday, Karl Racine, the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, filed a complaint against Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, alleging that he was involved in the 2016 Cambridge Analytica incident. So far, Meta has been silent on the matter.

The effort to provide greater openness is commendable, according to Stephanie Hare, author of Technology Is Not Neutral: A Short Guide to Technology Ethics, but most people will simply click through and go on. "So, who is this actually for - users or a different audience, such as regulators?"

They believe that most users have accepted this bargain - that they have priced in a privacy trade-off for social connection, convenience, entertainment, and profit - and that this disclosure will serve to deflect accusations of surveillance capitalism.

And the strategy transferred responsibility "onto users and regulators - 'Users, it is your choice whether or not to participate in this transaction.' The ball is in your court, regulators, to execute the laws in your area.


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