Facebook Tries to Make Amends by Easing User Access to Privacy Tools

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The news of Facebook's latest data collection comes just a week after data firm Cambridge Analytica was found to have purchased personal details of more than 50 million Facebook users, most of whom did not consent to handing over their information, and was alleged to have used the information to target voters in an attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 United States election.

At the time, a Facebook spokesperson said, "Our policies prohibit using our targeting options to discriminate, and they require compliance with the law".

-The IP address of everywhere I've ever logged into Facebook. Facebook replied to the report with a blog post that says that the data collection only happened on their Messenger and Facebook Lite apps.

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In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which an app developer was able to sell personal data to a research firm that said it helped Donald Trump win the election, Facebook apologized.

Facebook has been under both media and governmental scrutiny over the past few days due to privacy concerns raised around its data handling procedures.

I did notice that for some years every song I'd listened to on Spotify was listed, a handy reminder that when you link any external app to Facebook it then gathers a lot more data about you.

Facebook users can check whether their mobile phone calls and text message histories have been captured by downloading a copy of their account archive.

"Facebook can now access the information that you are using on these different sites, whether that's if you're logging on to Hulu with your Facebook login then Facebook now understands what you're doing on Hulu".

Facebook, my mother will be proud to know, believes that my friends and I are part of the "Established Adult Life" peer group.

At some point, Facebook asked me to grant it access to my phone contacts.

With WhatsApp Co-founder Brian Acton joining the #deletefacebook movement, Elon Musk actually deleting the SpaceX and Tesla Facebook pages, and Mozilla pulling its ads from the platform's network, the backlash has been non-stop. Or suggests people that you might want to be friends with? You're looking for facebook.com/settings. There were contacts included in the data list that I didn't talk to anymore.

Manage who sees your posts and profile information: You own what you share on Facebook, and you can manage things like who sees your posts and the information you choose to include on your profile.

Facebook shares two-year-old anonymized data on billions of friendships between countries with Cambridge researcher Aleksandr Kogan and co-authors a research paper with him (published in 2015).

"Instead, the FHA aims to ensure that applicants or prospective tenants (prospects) and current tenants don't get treated differently because of certain characteristics or attributes they have", legal experts at the site write.

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