Many of Facebook’s data and privacy controversies stem from the fact that it shares so much of our information with third-party apps. After all, that was the root cause of the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal that has led to massive punishments for Facebook around the world. So it makes sense that the company’s latest privacy feature takes a small step toward notifying users how their data is being shared with third parties.
This week, Facebook announced a new feature that notifies users whenever their account is used to log in to a third-party app. The alert informs users what kind of details Facebook shared, and provides people with an option to remove the app’s permission to see this info.
“We understand there are sensitivities to people’s information privacy and related information and are taking active steps to honor and improve this in our products,” Facebook wrote in a blog post. “We will continue to test additional user control features in early 2020, including bringing permissions to the forefront of the user experience when logging into a 3rd party app with Facebook Login.”
Of course, this feature does nothing to address the central problem of Facebook passing along our info in the first place. But at least the company is attempting to educate users about its own troubling policies.
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