Facebook changes privacy settings amid data scandal

Facebook sends you an email once the data is ready.

Facebook is making it simpler for people to control how their data is used now that a massive privacy scandal has shaken the company and caused its stock price to drop 15 percent.

According to a new blog post in its Newsroom, Facebook has made it easier for users to find privacy settings, control what they share, and delete their data.

Facebook said Wednesday that it is rolling out a new tool to centralize user privacy and security settings following the outcry over its data collection practices.

At the crux of the issue is knowing what data is collected and who has access to it through the platform.

In addition, Facebook said, users will be able to more easily manage information that the company uses to serve targeted advertising.

Facebook also announced a new tool called "Access Your Information" that will display all of your data and information that is accessible on Facebook from a single page.

Facebook's camera feature allowed users to record videos, preview them, and then either post or discard them.

This week, the whistle blower from Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm with ties to the 2016 Trump campaign, says Facebook can listen to what's going in around you through its app.

And, we went digging and it looks like these updates haven't been released in Australia just yet.

The new menu will also enable users to manage the information Facebook accesses to show users adverts. Today we take another step in that ongoing fight.

Downloading does not constitute deleting, but it might be useful if you are ever in need of a really scary campfire tale - "And this is everything Facebook knows about me". The latest one is specifically for privacy controls as they are now making it easier to find, access, understand, and control the various aspects of it. You can download a secure copy and even move it to another service.

You'll arrive at this page and have to enter your Facebook password to proceed. From there, a zip file of your information will be emailed to you. It's called Google Takeout. This will make it hard for Facebook to keep a track of users' online activities.

The company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has repeatedly apologized and bought full-page advertisements in US and British newspapers promising to do more to restrict access to users' information.

  • Carolyn Briggs