Meta (formerly Facebook) launches new hub to educate users about data privacy
Meta Inc (formerly Facebook) announced the Privacy Center on Friday, a hub to educate users about their privacy options and make it easier for them to understand how the social media giant collects and uses information.
At the Privacy Center, users can learn more about the privacy approach, read Meta’s data policy, and learn how to use the many privacy and security controls offered by the company.
Privacy Center is now available to some people using Facebook on desktop, and the social technology company said it will roll out to more people and apps in the coming months. âWe have implemented a number of privacy and security controls over our applications and technologies over the years, and our goal is for Privacy Center to serve as a hub for these controls and privacy education,â said the company said in a statement.
Here’s what you can do in the Meta Privacy Center:
#Security: You can improve account security, configure tools like two-factor authentication, or learn more about how Meta fights data scraping.
#Share: You can refer to this guide if you have questions about who sees what you post, or how you can clean up old posts on your profile using tools like Manage Activity.
#Collection: Learn about the different types of data Meta collects and how you can view that data with tools like Access Your Information.
#Use: Find out how and why Meta uses data and explore the controls we offer to manage how your information is used.
#Ads: Learn more about how your information is used by Meta to determine what ads you see and to use ad controls such as Ad Preferences.
This development comes as Meta comes under scrutiny from regulators around the world over data practices. Meanwhile, just a few weeks ago, Meta said they have filed a federal complaint in California court against cybercriminals running phishing scams designed to trick people into sharing their login credentials on fake login pages for Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
According to Meta, the phishing scheme involved the creation of more than 39,000 websites masquerading as Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp login pages. On these websites, people were asked to enter their usernames and passwords, which the hackers collected.