What they say the 7 principles of privacy of Facebook that the social network has just revealed for the first time (and how to use them)
Each day, millions of people are connected to Facebook. However, many do not understand how the social network uses their data or how they can have more control over the content they share on it.
«We recognize that people use Facebook to connect, but not everyone wants to share everything with everyone», he explained this Sunday, Erin Egan, chief Privacy of Facebook, in the blog of the company.
«There are many ways to control your data on Facebook. Among them, tools to make sure that you share only what you want with the people you want to see. But the privacy controls only have meaning if you know how to find them and use them«, he added.
With the purpose of helping its users to «take control» of the information that Facebook has of them —and commemorating the International Day of Data Protection— the company has published for the first time his seven principles of privacy.
We will explain to you what they are and how you can use them to advantage.
«We give you control over your privacy»
This first principle establishes that you are the one who decides what are the privacy options most suitable for you.
«We want to make sure that you know where are the privacy controls and how to adjust them,» states the social network.
Among the tools that you can find in the settings menu (top right of the page of your Facebook) you can determine the following things:
- Who sees what you post (posts, lists of friends, photos in which you tagged…).
- Who can contact you (and send you friend requests).
- Who can find you on Facebook (using your email, your phone number, or search engines).
«We will help you to understand how to use your data»
Although the practices of the social network in terms of policy data are described explicitly in the web site, many users do not know that information.
«For example, we provide educational tools on the use made by the people of Facebook to journal, how to add controls in the upper-right corner of each advertisement,» according to the social network.
But if you want to know exactly which profile you created Facebook about you to send you advertisements, you can visit this web page:
«We included privacy options in our products from the beginning»
«We included privacy options in the products of Facebook, following the recommendations of experts in areas such as privacy laws and data protection, security, interface design, engineering, product management and public policy,» says this third standard.
«Our privacy team works to include these different perspectives in each of the stages of development of products».
This is why every time you update Facebook or you download the application it is wise to read the small print… and accept or reject the options that interest you more or less.
This means that you can set the privacy tools as a Messenger in a specific way and make you visible only to certain friends, among other things. You can find all the options in the menu «advanced Settings».
«We keep your information safe»
«We are constantly working to help protect the accounts and all the products of Facebook contain security measures,» says the company founded by Mark Zuckerberg.
«Our security systems are executed millions of times per second to detect threats automatically and remove them before they reach you. You can also use our security tools, such as the authentication in two steps, to help keep your account even more secure.»
The authentication in two steps is to add a code to the password, and it is something that each time more platforms (like WhatsApp or Gmail) are encouraging to turn.
«You’re the owner of your information and can delete it»
«You are the owner of the information that you share on Facebook. This means that you decide what you want to share on Facebook and with whom, and you can change your mind at any time,» says this fifth point.
Through the tools of privacy or within your wall of Facebook, you can delete any of your posts at the time you want and decide who you want to see. You may also delete your account whenever you want.
If you delete the account, you will not be able to recover the access. But the social network offers the option of «turn it off«, so that you can return to it whenever you want. This option is located under «Manage my account» of each user.
«We are continuously working on the development of new controls and we design them so that they explain things clearly. We invest in research and work with experts outside of Facebook, such as engineers, developers, professionals of the privacy and regulators».
To take advantage of this principle, it is desirable that you have installed the latest version of Facebook (but they usually also include the necessary patches to provide greater security).
«We are responsible»
Facebook ensures that, «in addition to exhaustive reviews of privacy», submits its products to rigorous safety testing data«.
In addition, he explained that will display a series of «educational videos» on the wall of each user to show how to remove old publications, what occurs if you delete an account or how to use the information to display ads.
Zuckerberg and his team are the object of criticism on the part of companies and governments around the world in regards to data protection and to the spread of false news.
At the end of 2017, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, attacked the creator of the social network and said that «he was always anti-Trump». The response of the founder of Facebook was that its social network is «a platform for all the ideas.»