Facebook on Friday updated its privacy to provide more specific information about exactly what the social media does and does not do with your own information. The move employs Irish data protection officials in December ordered Facebook to get more transparent about features like facial recognition.
Facebook said the alterations combine examples and detailed explanations about its privacy policies.
“For example, we include additional tips, marked which has a bulb to help you see them easily,” Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, wrote in a very article. “We’ve added new links to your Help Center. We created a new section explaining the way you use ‘cookies’ and other alike technologies and updated the attached explanations about cookies in our Help Center.”
“We also provide additional information about how we use data to use Facebook, to market, also to promote security for Facebook users,” she continued. “These examples and explanations are made to help you know what the info Use Policy means in practice.”
Egan touted many of the other updates Facebook has made lately, including notifications about the rollout of Timeline, a task Log that allows you to see everything you’ve posted to Facebook in a spot, and administrative changes to generate things more readily found.
Facebook is giving users time for you to review and offer feedback around the changes via its Site Governance page. Egan will even show up on a Monday webcast at noon Eastern to resolve users’ questions.
Work in the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) got involved recently from a June controversy over its facial-recognition technology. The feature is supposed to enable quick photo tagging; should you upload 200 photos in one party, for instance, Facebook can detect certain faces and offer up suggestions (“Is this Chloe?”) to hurry up the tagging process. The social networking presented the choice without much warning, however, prompting security concerns.
Meanwhile, a 24-year-old Austrian law student, Max Schrems, asked Facebook to change in the data it had stored about his Facebook activity and was shocked to find the amount information that included. Since issues concerning Facebook users away from the U.S. and Canada are addressed by Facebook’s Dublin office, Schrems filed 22 separate complaints with all the DPC, asking the crooks to investigate.
The DPC agreed, and also by December, Irish data commissioner Gary Davis learned that “there should be room for improvement in how Facebook Ireland handles the personal information of users.”