Facebook reveals 7 privacy principles with new educational videos

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Facebook has made a decision to share its privacy principles for the first time, as it begins an education campaign aimed at helping users gain an understanding of how the platform uses and manages their data.

With GDPR just a few short months away, the spotlight is on all organisations that deal with data as the regulation deadline creeps forward.

The legal use of this data is critical to Facebook's business and it has assembled "the largest team in company history" to ensure it is compliant. Under existing "right to be forgotten" provisions, people who don't want certain data about them online can request companies to remove it.

Facebook's privacy principles, which are separate from the user terms and conditions that are agreed when someone opens an account, range from giving users control of their privacy, and building privacy features into Facebook products from the outset, to users owning the information they share.

In addition to this, it will also be inviting users to take "Privacy Checkup".

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Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer said in a speech last week that the new privacy center would give Facebook a "very good foundation to meet all the requirements of the GDPR and to spur us on to continue investing in products and in educational tools to protect privacy".

"We recognize that people use Facebook to connect, but not everyone wants to share everything with everyone - including with us", the company explained in its blog post. In order to address privacy issues, the company also said that it will soon launch educational videos that will help users to understand how they can control their privacy settings more efficiently. We're designing this based on feedback from people, policymakers and privacy experts around the world.

Facebook will also make core privacy settings easier to locate. For the first time ever, Facebook shared its Privacy Principles with its users in order to reach them with enhanced clarity.

Facebook will introduce a new privacy center this year that features all core privacy settings in one place, ahead of the introduction of a strict new European Union data protection law that takes effect on May 25th.

On an inferring note, Facebook believes in the approach that "Improvement is constant" and hints that newer controls and tools will keep on coming in the future for the users.