For the first time, Facebook is revealing it’s privacy principals. It’s being forced to open up as European General Data Protection Regulation is set to come into force this May. The company says it will soon launch a Privacy Center that is said to allow users to manage all their privacy controls.
I’m skeptical due to how Facebook continues to handle users’ information and lack of protection for their privacy. Also adding to my skepticism, Facebook presented this as if it was their own initiative. They were, however, forced to do this with the coming regulations.
Here are the principles:
- We give you control of your privacy.
Facebook says it wants to enable users to choose privacy settings that are right for them, and know how to find and adjust those controls.
- We help people understand how their data is used.
The company describes its practices in detail in its Data Policy, but it is also sharing educational tools in users’ News Feed and has things like ad controls on every ad.
- We design privacy into our products from the outset.
Facebook says it incorporates into its product development feedback on privacy design from experts in privacy law, security, engineering, data protection, public policy, product management, and interface design.
- We work hard to keep your information secure.
Facebook designed its security systems to run millions of times a second try to automatically catch and remove threats.
- You own and can delete your information.
Users can decide what they share and with whom, and can delete anything they’ve posted, which is then removed from the company’s servers.
- Improvement is constant.
- We are accountable.
The company says it conducts comprehensive privacy reviews and puts its products through “rigorous data security testing.” It also says it seeks input on its data practices and policies from legislators, regulators, and privacy experts.