Facebook Will Once Again Remind Users About Their Privacy Options

Customized alerts will appear atop their News Feeds

People on Facebook will begin seeing customized alerts atop their News Feeds this week Facebook
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Facebook continues to take steps to ensure that “I didn’t know” is no longer an excuse when it comes to users and the privacy controls that are available to them.

Chief privacy officer Erin Egan announced in a Newsroom post that people on Facebook will begin seeing customized alerts atop their News Feeds this week, giving them access to information including:

  • How the social network uses data from partners to show more relevant advertising to users.
  • Political, religious and relationship information people have chosen to include on their profiles.
  • How Facebook uses face recognition, including for features that help protect users’ privacy.
  • Updates to the company’s terms of service and data policy, which were announced in April.

Egan explained, “People will see a summary of the choices they’ve already made and won’t see information about features they’ve already disabled or decided not to use. For example, if you’ve already disabled face recognition or ads based on data from partners, we won’t ask you to turn them on. We will reflect the choices they’ve already made on the intro screen.”

She also reminded users that their privacy settings can be changed at any time either through that link or privacy shortcuts.

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.