A new ‘Privacy Center’ feature, which will provide a comprehensive overview of Facebook user data usage by Meta, is now available. This tool will offer more transparency into how Meta uses Facebook user data and what you can do to limit it.
Facebook’s new ‘Privacy Center’
The new Privacy Center, which will initially be restricted to some Facebook desktop users in the United States, includes five distinct components, describing the data that Meta gathers in each and how you can opt-out of its data tracking if you so desire.
Those five elements are:
- Security – You may strengthen your account security, set up tools such as two-factor authentication, or discover more about how Meta fights data scraping.
- Sharing – If you have concerns about who sees what you post or how to remove old content from your profile using tools like Manage Activity, this one is for you.
- Collection – Learn about the many forms of data that Meta collects and how you can access it through tools such as Access Your Information.
- Use – Find out how and why they use data, as well as the options Meta provides to control how your information is used.
- Ads – Learn more about how your personal information is used to determine the advertisements you see and how to manage them using Ad Preferences.
Many of this has been accessible via alternate routes in the past, such as Facebook’s ‘Privacy Shortcuts’ in your settings, and Facebook added a ‘Privacy Check-Up’ tool in 2020 to make these controls more obvious and encourage more individuals to update their personal settings.