It was only about a year ago Facebook made a change to its privacy policies, but this obviously wasn’t enough because they have updated once again. But do not think for one minute they have changed anything on how user information is shared with advertisers.
The changes are happening but will take affect in the next week or so, now is a great time to let us know what you think on the following. You can also submit any questions and in fact suggestions to Facebook as well about the new ‘Privacy Basics’.
Facebook released its new policy update recently, but now they have also provided a brand new interactive, full of graphics guide for users called Privacy Basics. The new tool offers details with click-by-click functionality on what sort of Facebook information users see, as well as what other people see if they are looking at your Facebook pages. Your interactions can also be managed with others as well.
At the moment those that wish to stop seeing certain types of ads across all the devices when they access Facebook is only for those in the U.S. But this will change soon allowing those in the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Ireland to use the ad preferences tool.
Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan said, “We’ve heard from some of you that it can be difficult to control the types of ads you see if you use multiple devices and browsers,” but this is changing as well with a new choice, which was only available on laptops, desktops. It basically means those with mobile phones can opt out of certain ads on the mobile devices.
Even though the new preferences tool launched this year allows users to opt out of seeing certain ads, it will not stop Facebook collecting information users share.
Do you still have doubts about ‘Facebook’s opt-out policies?
Facebook will be releasing new features such as ‘Nearby Friends’; this will allow users to share information with their friends and family etc about their current location, which will be updated to show menus from certain restaurants in your vicinity. It will also provide you updates from friends who are nearby as well – pretty cool unless you’re hiding.
Please read the new Facebook Privacy Basics update here.