In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal in 2018, Facebook introduced a tool called “Access Your Information” that allowed users to see how their data was being used. And this week, Facebook updated the tool to make it easier to navigate.
The feature is one of the most privacy-friendly that Facebook offers, giving users a way to delete content from their past such as posts, reactions and comments. Previously the tool only broke this information into two categories: Your Information and Information About You. But after this week’s update, there are now eight categories, including Your Activity Across Facebook, Friends and Followers, Personal Information, Security and Login Information, and more. Users will also now be able to search for data by using specific keywords.
This feature is currently available for iOS and Android, but Facebook plans to add it for desktop users soon.
Of course, as TechCrunch points out, the timing of the update is worth noting. Apple has introduced a new privacy feature that will require apps to gain user consent to track them and gather their data, so Facebook could be trying to get ahead of it or prove that it cares just as much. But whatever the company’s ulterior motives, it’s always a good thing when users end up with stronger privacy controls.
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