Facebook begins asking all users to review privacy settings

Facebook privacy alert

Facebook users will soon see an alert in their News Feed asking them to review their privacy settings on the social network.

Each user will receive a customized message detailing their preferences regarding the type of data Facebook can use for ads and whether they’ve opted into facial recognition. They’ll also be able to review what kind of personal information they’ve included in their profiles, including relationship status and political and religious affiliations.

Facebook says it will only present a summary of privacy-related choices that have already been made. For example, Facebook says users who have already turn off facial recognition will not see the feature brought up in this personalized message, nor will they be asked to turn it on.

While Facebook has received heavy criticism for its role in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal in March, this week’s initiative is in response to European law taking effect. In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), many companies like Facebook have been updating their terms of services and privacy settings over the past couple of months.

This alert has already appeared for some European users, with the latest announcement marking a worldwide rollout.

Source: Facebook

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