Facebook prepares for GDPR by publishing 'privacy principles' for the first time

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Facebook has chose to share its privacy principles for the first time, as it begins an education campaign aimed at helping users gain an understanding of how the platform uses and manages their data. This year, we'll introduce a new privacy center that features core privacy settings in a single place.

Facebook, which isn't famed for its transparent stance on privacy, also said on Monday that it works with designers, developers, privacy professionals and regulators to get input on its data practices and policies, adding that it's "constantly working" to develop new controls and design them in ways that explain things to people clearly.

"You own the information you share on Facebook".

Facebook, meanwhile, has announced that it is launching educational videos in users' News Feeds to address privacy-related issues.

In addition, Facebook will begin hosting data protection workshops with small and medium businesses throughout this year, starting in Europe with an eye on the upcoming implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Under GDPR, tech companies, even those that are USA -based, will be required to report data breaches within 72 hours or face a tough penalty.

No longer tucked away in a discreet corner of the app, Facebook has launched an all-new set of privacy tools to help you control what people can and can't see on the site. "Consumers are willing to share data if they perceive there is a value or benefit to them in return Offer consumers benefits and rewards in exchange for the use of their data", said Schulz. Back in 2015, the European Commission created the rules to give European citizens more control over the data collected about them by major tech companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon.

MS ERIN EGAN, chief privacy officer at Facebook.

According to the company, it bases its data protection on giving the user control of their privacy and helping them understand how their data is used.

"We put products through rigorous data security testing". The post also goes over some tips for keeping your data safe along with the company's privacy principles which tout accountability and constant improvement.

The legal use of this data is critical to Facebook's business and it has assembled "the largest team in company history" to ensure it is compliant.