Facebook privacy settings revamped after data leak by Cambridge Analytica

Facebook privacy settings revamped after data leak by Cambridge Analytica

Facebook privacy settings revamped after data leak by Cambridge Analytica

The changes won't affect Facebook's privacy policies or the types of data it gathers on users.

Facebook has announced a raft of changes to give users more control over their data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations.

Earlier this month, whistleblower Christopher Wylie revealed political consulting company Cambridge Analytica obtained profiles on 50 million Facebook users via an academic researcher's personality prediction app.

Users can now go to a privacy shortcuts menu on the mobile app which allows them to add security layers, such as two-factor authentication. "But we also know how important it is to be in control of what you share and who you share with".

While both parties have denied explicit wrongdoing, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are facing whistleblower claims this data was used to support Donald Trump's 2016 presidential election campaign, with the latter firm also being said to have yielded influence over other democratic votes including the European Union referendum.

It has plunged Facebook into one of its worst crises of confidence in years.

The changes - which the website claims were "in the works for some time", - come as the Cambridge Analytica (CA) scandal and subsequent fallout saw Facebook's share price drop by 18 percent, wiping nearly $100 billion from its market value. "These updates are about transparency - not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data". The stock dipped 0.2 percent early Wednesday to $151.94.

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Facebook Inc has adjusted privacy settings to give users more control over their information in a few taps, it said on Wednesday (March 28), after an outcry over a whistleblower's allegations that members' data was used to sway the 2016 USA election.

"Most of these updates have been in the works for some time, but the events of the past several days underscore their importance", Facebook said Wednesday.

Zuckerberg last week apologized for the breach of trust and outlined concrete steps the company would take to better protect users.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to testify before Congress about the company's privacy practices in coming weeks, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The letter sent to Facebook said that at present, it has largest footprint in India in terms of its user base and sought its reply on proactive measures being taken by the company to ensure safety, security and privacy of such large user data and to prevent its misuse by any third party. Users can now download their Facebook data too.

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