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Facebook marks Data Privacy Day by sharing its 7 privacy principles

Facebook marks Data Privacy Day by sharing its 7 privacy principles

"We recognise that people use to connect, but not everyone wants to share everything with everyone, including with us".

Users will be shown how to make sure they share only what they want with certain people, how to delete old posts, how to control what information Facebook uses to show you ads, and what it means to delete your account.

In light of global technological advancement, the value of personal data for private and public institutions as well as companies has increased in importance, which in turn strengthens the need to protect personal data and prevent acts of misuse or privacy violation. Our security systems run millions of times per second to help catch threats automatically and remove them before they ever reach you.

The announcement was timed to coincide with Data Privacy Day, an occasion marked every January 28 to promote best practices around online data privacy and security.

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In addition, this centre will help you take control of your data if you decide to permanently delete your Facebook. "But privacy controls are only powerful if you know how to find and use them", wrote Egan.

Earlier this month CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged to "fix" Facebook by ensuring users saw more posts from people rather than brands as it seeks to maintain an audience that is aging and posting less amid fierce competition from new services such as Snapchat and Instagram, the latter of which is of course owned by Facebook. Strict new European Union data protection laws, known as GDPR, are coming into force in May this year, meaning that Facebook and every other internet company operating in Europe must observe a higher standard of consent from users and provide them with more rights over their personal data. We invest in research and work with experts beyond Facebook including designers, developers, privacy professionals and regulators.

Facebook has published seven core privacy principles, which include helping users to understand how their data is used, designing privacy into Facebook products, and making it easier for users to delete personal information.

While the very essence of Facebook's social network appears to be based on data sharing, the company has been adamant on offering suits users the ability to make their data private. As well as inviting users to carry out a Privacy Checkup, Egan says that a new, centralized privacy settings tool will be introduced this year.


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