Facebook Introduced 2 User Privacy Protection Tools for Developers of Apps, Websites

The social network rolled out a callback URL and DPO contact information

Companies that serve users in the EU must designate a data protection officer
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Facebook Friday introduced two new tools aimed at helping developers respond to the privacy concerns of their applications’ users and comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which went into effect Friday.

The social network introduced a callback URL that can be used when users remove apps and websites from Facebook’s apps and websites settings. Those users can request that they apps and websites they remove delete all information that was received about them through Facebook.

Facebook will inform those users when they send such requests and when those requests are acknowledged by the developers of the affected apps or websites, as well as with confirmation numbers so they can monitor the status of their requests.

The social network said in a blog post for developers, “To enable this option, we need you to provide us with a callback URL where we can send the request. You can add the callback URL at your app’s Facebook Login settings page in the app dashboard. Your callback must use HTTPS.”

Facebook also introduced a way for developers to comply with the GDPR requirement that companies that serve users in the EU designate and publish contact information for a data protection officer to assist in matters of processing personal information.

Developers can go to the Facebook Login settings page in the app dashboard and add the name, mailing address and email address for their DPOs, and that information will be available in users’ apps and website settings.