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Building privacy into Facebook — on Data Privacy Day, and every day

Discussion in 'Web & Internet' started by Jeanh, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. Building privacy into Facebook — on Data Privacy Day, and every day

    At Facebook, we’re working to help make the world more open and connected because we believe in the value of connection — that when people can interact with one another, that makes their lives better. Already, our work on connectivity has brought more than 15 million people online, from rural Colombia to the Philippines. Research shows that connectivity is key to development, is a catalyst for economic growth, and increases people's well-being.
    We also realize that we won’t achieve this goal if the people we serve don’t place their trust in us — if they don’t have confidence that they can control the information they choose to share on our platform. When people choose to communicate on Facebook, they’re trusting us to treat their information with respect and to put them in control of who sees what they post. Our responsibility to uphold that trust is why privacy is at the core of everything we do at Facebook, and why we work every day to ensure that as we’re building new ways to help people connect, we’re also helping people stay in control of their information.
    Today is Data Privacy Day, an opportunity each year to encourage everyone to think about how their information affects them and what they can do to protect it. It’s an opportunity to move privacy out of the background — to talk with our community about why it’s important, and to help people understand what they can do.
    To mark Data Privacy Day, we're encouraging everyone to review our Please or Register to view linksfeature when they visit Facebook today. Privacy Basics answers people's most common questions about privacy in an interactive, easy-to-understand way, all without having to look through a privacy policy or similar documents. We’ve heard a lot of good feedback about Privacy Basics, and we’ve recently expanded it to include more information.
    This builds on other tools we've offered like Please or Register to view links, which reminds people to walk through some of their privacy choices, like who can see their future posts, who can see the information on their profiles, and what apps they've allowed to see Facebook information. We’re looking forward to building more tools that empower people to control their information over the course of this year.
    Experts from around the globe are using Facebook today to share important information about privacy with their communities. These include officials from British Columbia, California, Hong Kong, Kosovo, Mexico, and South Dakota. You can see all of their messages at Please or Register to view links, and they’ll be promoted in News Feed for many people today.
    We’re proud that leaders in privacy are using Facebook to continue these important discussions, and of the work that we’ve done to build privacy into Facebook. But the work can’t stop today. Privacy is everyone’s responsibility, and we look forward to continuing today’s conversations over the coming year to develop new and better ways to empower people to control their own information.
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