Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Facebook to introduce simpler privacy settings

Facebook will be rolling out “simplified” privacy settings to appease concerns over safeguarding users' information, it was announced last night.

The company's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the alterations would make it easier for users to control how much information they were sharing.

He admitted the privacy settings had become too complex and said the new system would allow users to change their settings in “just one click”.

However Mr Zuckerberg insisted that some information should remain in the public domain so that “real world friends” could find each other on the social networking site. The site, which has more than 400 million users worldwide, has faced mounting criticism from users, online security experts and the European Commission over changes making it it more difficult for users to keep their personal information private.

A data protection consultant to the commission wrote to Facebook criticising its privacy procedures earlier this month. The Data Protection Working Party said it was “unacceptable” for the site to make some profile details public by default.

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