Facebook Overhauls Privacy Tools Visibility and Ease-of-Use
Facebook today made new controls available to uses for managing their account, settings, and data. To start, Facebook says it redesigned the entire settings menu on mobile devices to improve discoverability. It reduced what was previously spread across nearly 20 screens down to a single page. The app includes a revised privacy shortcuts menu, which provides control over data in "just a few taps" with better descriptions of the actions being taken. For example: people can make their account more secure by adding two-factor authentication; control their personal information by reviewing what's being shared and delete what they no longer wish to share; control which ads are served by managing preferences; and manage who sees posts or the information included on user profiles. Further, the company is making more obvious the tools users need in order to download and delete their Facebook data. A function called Access Your Information provides a secure way for people to manage their posts, reactions, comments, searches, and more. Customers can also use this to download their data, including photos, posts, and contacts, in a file that can be moved to another service if they wish. Facebook said it plans to update its terms of service and data policy in the coming weeks so users have a better idea of what Facebook is collecting and how it is being used. The company will share more news on this front as it develops.
Jun 21, 2018
Google today improved the design of its Google Account tool in order to make it easier for people to manage their account details, security, and privacy. The revised function provides summaries of personal information, devices with account access, payment methods, purchases, subscriptions, and contacts.
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
Sep 12, 2018
Apple today announced the fourth-generation of Apple Watches. For the first time since the original Watch, Apple is changing the dimensions of its smart wearable.
Oct 24, 2018
Google today rolled out new tools meant to give people more control over their personal data. Starting with Google Search, people will have direct access to their activity.
Nov 9, 2017
Apple today released an updated version of its Clips video application with new and fun tools to improve both the experience of using the app and the end results. The most exciting addition is Selfie Scenes, which takes advantage of the TrueDepth camera on the iPhone X to place the user inside a 360-degree, animated scene when recording selfies.