Facebook reveals 7 privacy principles with new educational videos

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Facebook said on Monday it was publishing its privacy principles for the first time and rolling out educational videos to help users control who has access to their information, as it prepares for the start of a tough new European Union data protection law.

For the social media service's privacy principles, the blog post outlines seven. In a blog post the chief privacy office at Facebook, Erin Egan said that Facebook takes user privacy very seriously.

Last week, Sandberg told the European audience that it will make user privacy controls easier to access by putting them all in one place. The company understands that everyone does not want to share everything with everyone.

In addition, Facebook will begin hosting data protection workshops with small and medium businesses throughout this year, starting in Europe with an eye on the upcoming implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Many believe that the announcement made by Facebook is a sign that large tech companies are getting ready for this new Law.

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GDPR is already shaking up the internet, and having major consequences for the whole world - not just countries in the EU. It's also rolling out an education campaign to teach users how to protect their data, and it shared publicly its "privacy principles", a set of broad ideas that govern the company's thinking about data protection.

The social network has introduced a series of educational videos in the news feed to help people gain knowledge about how they can control what information Facebook can use to show them ads, how they can review and delete old posts, and what it means to delete their account.

Facebook's latest moves don't include changing the way the company handles user data and it does little to address questions over how it aggregates and shares information.

"Facebook was built to bring people closer together", said Egan. The social media giant has designed this based on the feedback from people, policymakers and privacy experts.

"We know that tech companies need to do better, and that we at Facebook need to do better", Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg said in a speech in Brussels last week. She assured that the company is striving to improve its privacy issues and for that it is investing heavily in protection tools.

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