Published: Thu, March 29, 2018
Markets | By Terence Owen

Three Facebook Messenger app users file lawsuit over privacy

Three Facebook Messenger app users file lawsuit over privacy

Facebook is giving users more control over their privacy by making data management easier and redesigning the settings menu, the company says.

When it comes to privacy shortcuts, users will have access to a "clearer, more visual" system that allows them to do things like control the ads they are served, control who sees their profile and personal information and add extra layers of protection - such as two-factor authentication - to their account.

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Chris Cox, Facebook's chief product officer, called the new settings "the first of many steps" the company is taking to address privacy concerns.

The new privacy checkup menu will help you tweak your settings quickly.

Facebook also said it will propose updates to its terms of service in the coming weeks and update its privacy policy, but gave no further details.

"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.

If there is any misuse of personal information, Alston said Facebook is committed to "ensure that data is deleted and that we tell you if you are involved at all". That data, generated over years of games and personality quizzes that had access to private information, is largely still stored outside of Facebook's grasp by the private individuals and companies that built those applications. In the new centralized page, people will be given a streamlined list of what each app is collecting on them, as well as the ability to delete the apps.

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