Following the recent Facebook content privacy scandals, Face book has taken its first steps to protect peoples privacy.
According to Facebook, they will build a feature that addresses feedback from people who use Facebook, privacy advocates and regulators. All users will gain access to more information and control, over the data Facebook receives from other websites and apps that use their services.
“Today, we’re announcing plans to build Clear History. This feature will enable you to see the websites and apps that send us information when you use them, delete this information from your account, and turn off our ability to store it associated with your account going forward.” notes Facebook ” Apps and websites that use features such as the Like button or Facebook Analytics to make their content and ads better. We also use this information to make your experience on Facebook better, too.”
Users who clear their history or use the new setting, will have the advantage of erasing their history of the websites and apps they have used to prevent them from being associated with Users accounts.
“We’ll still provide apps and websites with aggregated analytics for example, we can build reports when we’re sending this information so we can tell developers if their apps are more popular with men or women in a certain age group. We can do this without storing the information in a way that’s associated with your account, and as always, we don’t tell advertisers who you are.” adds Facebook
Notably, Facebook will take a few months to build Clear History. Facebook will work with privacy advocates, academics, policymakers and regulators to get their input on their approach, including how they plan to remove identifying information and the rare cases where they need information for security purposes.
“We’ve already started a series of round tables in cities around the world, and we heard specific demands for controls like these at a session we held at our headquarters two weeks ago. We’re looking forward to doing more.” said Facebook