Facebook cuts ties to data brokers in blow to targeted ads

Trust diminished’ EU lambastes Facebook for lackluster response to data scandal

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Facebook is moving to untangle its often bewildering array of privacy options as the social network struggles to contain the damage from a widening scandal over user data.

"We've heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find and that we must do more to keep people informed", they added. They say that they've been working on this for some time now, but they wanted to "underscore their importance" given the events of the past few days.

To make data settings and tools easier to find, Facebook has redesigned its entire setting menu of mobile devices, with controls now accessible from a single place.

Facebook has been receiving criticism for not making their privacy settings clear, and allowing user data to be accessed and given to third party sources like Cambridge Analytica.

The episode has prompted renewed attention to how much information about its users Facebook tracks, and accelerated government scrutiny of Facebook, which is already under a microscope for its role in allowing Russian-backed groups to use its tools to sway US political discourse before and after the 2016 presidential race. Users can also permanently delete "anything" from their timeline or profile.

The app was downloaded by 270,000 people, but also scooped up their friends' data without consent - as was possible under Facebook's rules at the time.




Advertisers would still be able to use third-party data services to measure how well their ads performed by examining purchasing data, Facebook said. This includes all posts, photos, status updates, and all other data that Facebook has collected regarding the user.

Those questioned responded with worries about how much data information Facebook was collecting on its users, considering the vast bank of knowledge that the company already has.

They also coincide with sweeping new privacy laws, which require more specific and simplified disclosures to consumers, that are about to go into effect in Europe.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has written a letter to Facebook seeking information over the issue of data leak from the platform of the social media giant.

The moves are part of broader changes Facebook is planning to bolster privacy, said Rob Sherman, Facebook's deputy privacy officer.

Conversely, brands that sell directly to consumers - companies along the lines of Dollar Shave Club, Casper and Warby Parker - are less likely to need third-party data to run ad campaigns, since they collect their own data from their customers.

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