As National Cyber Security Awareness Month nears its homestretch, Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan is meeting with data protection and privacy commissioners from around the world this week to discuss how the social network enables its users to control what they share.
Responding to criticism of the changes to its data use policy and statement of rights and responsibilities, announced last week, Facebook said it will delay the implementation of those changes.
Facebook’s tag suggest feature for photos has seen its share of controversy, particularly in Europe, and the social network revealed Thursday in its new data use policy that it may begin collecting users’ profile pictures for a database aimed at improving the feature.
Facebook Exchange Product Director Antonio Garcia-Martinez announced in a post on his Facebook page that Tuesday was his last day at the company, and he said in an interview that he remained confident about the social network’s future.
Despite assurances by Facebook that its new Home overlay for Android devices does not pose any privacy or security risks, some experts in the field remained unconvinced when it comes to corporate networks.
When Facebook announced Home, a heavily integrated mobile platform for Android phones, many people were worried that it represented just another invasion of privacy by the social network. While Facebook will become a bigger part of users’ mobile experiences, the company swears that Home does not take any more information than its native application or the desktop version of the site. Facebook’s Michael Richter (chief privacy officer) and Erin Egan (chief privacy officer of policy) attempted to address users’ concerns in a recent blog post.
Facebook continues its efforts to educate its users about privacy on the social network, following up January’s announcement of its Ask Our CPO series, featuring Chief Privacy Officer of Policy Erin Egan, with an announcement on its Facebook and Privacy page Wednesday that it will launch a “Tip of the Week” program.
Facebook users with questions for Chief Privacy Officer of Policy Erin Egan now have a forum for those questions, as the social network announced on its Facebook and Privacy page Sunday that it launched its Ask Our CPO series, in which Egan responds to users’ privacy-related queries.
Even though an overwhelming majority of voters wanted Facebook to keep its current data use policy and statement of rights and responsibilities, which would allow users to vote on changes, less than 1 percent of Facebook’s user base actually made their voices official — far short of the 30 percent needed to push the vote to favor the users. Facebook will instead implement a system where users can comment and discuss changes, with the company taking users’ sentiments into consideration.