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Facebook makes privacy settings easier by upgrading their bookmark menu

So for those of us who have that anger, it was less than reassuring to have Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reveal in testimony before Congress that he didn't know key details of a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission that requires Facebook to protect user privacy. The updates will be rolled out globally over the next two weeks.

We've talked about the fact that Facebook is tracking everyone online - even people who choose not to open a Facebook account - long before the Cambridge Analytica revelations came to light.

According to Tech Crunch, the changes are focused on centralising a variety of controls that were previously located in other places.

According to a joint report by AP and NBC News, the original data was collected by an academic researcher, Aleksander Kogan, through a personality quiz Facebook app called "This is Your Digital Life". "We've got to fix that", said Rep. Luján, referring to a process that forces non Facebook users to sign up for the service if they want to know what personal information the company has obtained.

A group of users created a campaign called "Faceblock" for users to boycott Facebook on the day of Mark Zuckerberg's senate hearing, arguing that the site's users deserve better.

Lawmakers also got Zuckerberg to acknowledge that government regulation of Facebook and other internet companies is "inevitable", although he was vague about what kind of rules he believes are needed or what he would support. The objective is simple - to assure the millions of daily users that they also have control over their data, and that Facebook continues to access some amount of it for ad revenue. "But of course we can do more to help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have".

"He's either deliberately misunderstanding some of the questions, or he's not clear about what's actually happening inside Facebook's operation", said Daniel Kahn Gillmor, a senior staff technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union. Facebook said it doesn't combine cookie data with data from uploaded contacts.

Castor had a lengthy exchange with Zuckerberg about Facebook collecting everyone's data, including people who don't have Facebook.

This gives the lie to Facebook's official line that the users are in control of the data that they share, and that the company is only using the data that people willingly offer up.

And, Florida's U.S. Democratic Senator Bill Nelson too had privacy concerns.

The 2011 agreement bound Facebook to a 20-year privacy commitment, and any violations of that pact could cost Facebook billions; yes, that's billions with a "b".

"They own what you are doing, and there's no way to prevent Facebook from seeing what you are doing on Facebook", he said.

We've explained how to download all the information Facebook has on you, a sensible precaution to take if you're planning to #DeleteFacebook. Somehow the platform can tell if the user is a kid, based on contents perhaps.

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