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Facebook Introduces Privacy Principles

Facebook declared that it is going to publish its privacy principles, rolling out educational videos to help users control who has access to their information, thereby preparing itself for the upcoming tough European Union data protection law.

Facebook Introduces Privacy Principles

For the first time, Facebook declared that it is going to publish its privacy principles, rolling out educational videos to help users control who has access to their information, thereby preparing itself for the upcoming tough European Union data protection law.


Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook, said in a blog post that the educational and instructional campaign videos already introduced to the News Feed are meant to educate the user about how he or she can manage data that Facebook uses to show them ads, how to delete old posts, and what happens to the data when they delete their account.


Facebook, which has more than 2 billion users worldwide, said in the statement that it had never published the principles before in the past, which are its rules about how the company handles users' information.


29th January’s announcements is seen as a sign of Facebook’s efforts to get ready before the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force from May 25 this year, marking the biggest overhaul of personal data privacy rules since the birth of the Internet.


Under GDPR, companies will be required to report data breaches within 72 hours, as well as to allow customers to export their data and delete it.


Recently introduced Privacy Principles are different from the user terms and conditions, which are agreed by the user at the time of opening an account with Facebook and is different from giving users control of their privacy, to building privacy features into Facebook products from the outset, the users also is the owner of the information he or she shares.


As Erin Egan wrote in the blog post “People use Facebook to connect, but everyone do not wants to share everything with everyone, including with the Facebook too. It's therefore very much important to protect your choice when it comes to how your data is used”.


In the Facebook’s privacy principles it is clearly mentioned that, Facebook is entitled to help users understand how their data is used, keeping that information secure, constantly improving new controls, and being accountable to regulators. “We put products through rigorous data security testing. We also meet with regulators, legislators and privacy experts around the world to get input on our data practices and policies,” the blog post said. According to a blog posted to the website, core privacy settings will be made easier for users to find. In 2018, a new privacy centre will be introduced that will feature core privacy settings in one place.


Facebook was built to bring people closer together. It helps an individual to connect with his or her friends and family, discover local events and find various groups to join. We recognize that people use Facebook to connect, but not everyone wants to share everything with everyone – including with us.


Control of your privacy

So that a user should be able to make the privacy choices Facebook ensures that you know where your privacy control is located and how to adjust them according to ones need. We develop controls based on feedback from around the world. 


We help people to understand how their data is used

While our Data Policy describes our practices in detail, we go beyond this to give you even more information.


Privacy Policy of the Facebook Products

The guidance of the experts in areas like data protection and privacy law, security, interface design, engineering, product management, and public policy are taken by Facebook time to time to design its privacy. Our privacy team works to build these diverse perspectives into every stage of product development.


Working hard to keep user information secure

The people in Facebook works 24x7 to protect the account of its user. The security systems at Facebook runs millions of times per second to catch the threats and remove them before they ever reaches the user. Facebook’s security tools like two factor authentication can be used to help keep your account more secure.


User is the owner of the information

The user is the owner of the information he or she shares on Facebook. Accordingly it is up for the user to decide what you share on the timeline and with whom you are sharing. The user can delete the information shared anytime, whatever you have shared in your account.


Constant Improvement

Facebook is continuously working on how to improve itself and made easy for the users. Facebook also invest in research and works with the experts out of Facebook which includes regulators, privacy professionals, developers and designers.


Facebook is responsible and accountable

Along with the comprehensive privacy reviews, before posting any product we made it pass through rigorous data security testing. Facebook also meet with privacy experts, regulators and legislators time to time around the world to get their feedback on our data practices and policies.


Soon to be introduced General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) creates consistent data protection rules across the European Union and the rules must be adhered to by companies who are based in the EU as well as global companies who process personal data regarding individuals in the EU.


After four years of preparation and debate the EU Parliament finally approved the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 14 April 2016. GDPR will be enforced from 25th May 2018. The organizations in non-compliance will have to face heavy fines. 


Earlier the data regulations are done by Data Protection Directive (DPD). Now with the introduction of GDPR, Data regulators are hopeful that it will harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy.


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