Facebook expands data protection ahead of EU law tightening

Facebook is making its data protection rules more transparent ahead of the start of new EU legislation. The company has published the regulations for the first time and at the same time launched an information campaign on how to handle the settings.


The data protection officer at the world's largest internet network, Erin Egan, wrote this in a blog post on Monday. In a series of videos, users are shown how they can delete old entries on the platform or manage the information that Facebook collects for the display of ads. "It's important to have a choice about how data is used."

Last week, Facebook manager Sheryl Sandberg announced that it will be possible to edit all privacy settings centrally in future. The EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in May. The aim is to better protect personal data and to make the processing of data by companies more uniform. If companies violate the requirements, they could face fines of up to 20 million euros or up to four percent of their global turnover. Facebook's handling of the information of its more than two billion users has been repeatedly criticized in the EU in the past. (SDA)

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