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Meta Announces New Privacy Policy for its Apps

Published Sat, May 28 2022 15:00 pm
by The Silicon Trend


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Meta Announces New Privacy Policy for its Apps

Millions of people using the Meta products like Facebook and Instagram receive notifications of the company's updated privacy policies. The company states the shifts are designed to make it seamless to understand how people's information is leveraged. Meta has previously been criticized by policymakers and campaigners over its leverage of user data.

WhatsApp and other Meta products aren't covered by the new update.


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Post Control

Meta says the changes won't allow it to gather, leverage, or share user data in new ways. However, there are two changes to the method that people can control how their data is processed. A novel set will give users more control over who can see their posts by default. Current controls over which advertising people can see are consolidated into a single interface.

Meta is also updating its terms of service. The company's chief privacy officer - Michel Protti, said it wanted to explain better what is expected from the company and those who leverage its apps. He added that will include when Meta may terminate or disable accounts and additional details about what happens when the account is deleted.


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Users don't require anything in response to the policy updates to keep using company platforms, but Meta says customers who don't want to accept the changes are free to leave the services.

Compliance Headwinds

The changes, which come into effect on July 26, Meta says, are an attempt to adapt a wish to minimize the policy complexity while facing more demand from regulators and privacy legislation to be more full-scale. The company has increased probe from regulators over how it tackles and protects user data. In February, the firm warned that compliance headwinds were likely to cut into future growth, and in March - Meta was fined €17m for breaching EU data privacy laws in 2018.

This week, the US District of Columbia's attorney general - Karl Racine, released a case against Mark Zuckerberg over allegations connected to the Cambridge Analytica Scandal of 2016. Meta has so far declined to comment.


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