Facebook seems to be on a self-reflection juggernaut. Among the latest measures, the social media giant has made its privacy principles public. It has also promised to release educational videos to help users determine who has access to their information.
"We recognise that people use Facebook to connect, but not everyone wants to share everything with everyone – including with us. It’s important that you have choices when it comes to how your data is used," according to a blog post on Facebook.
In the post, Facebook touches upon giving you the complete control of your privacy, helping you understand how your data is used, ownership of your information and how you have control over it, among other things. This is the first time that Facebook has shared these principles with the public.
According to The Guardian, the announcements come well in advance of the upcoming European Union data protection law — the general data protection regulation (GDPR) — which will come into effect from 25 May onwards. Under the GDPR, companies such as Facebook are expected to report data breaches within 72 hours, allow customers to export as well as delete their data if they so wish.
On the ownership aspect, Facebook says, "You own the information you share on Facebook. This means you decide what you share and who you share it with on Facebook, and you can change your mind. That’s why we give you tools for deleting anything you’ve posted. We remove it from your timeline and from our servers. You can also delete your account whenever you want."
Facebook also assured that it takes privacy very seriously and is constantly conducting data security testing. Facebook claims it also meets up with regulators, legislators and privacy experts around the world to get input on its data practices and policies.