Facebook to roll out new privacy tools ahead of EU law – CNET


Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron during the “Choose France” summit at the Chateau de Versailles, near Paris, on Monday.

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Facebook plans to give its 2 billion users more control over their data before a landmark data collection law goes into effect in Europe this spring.

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which goes into affect in May, aims to give Europeans more control over their information and how companies use it. Companies that fail to comply face fines of as much as 4 percent of their annual revenue.

“We’re rolling out a new privacy center globally that will put the core privacy settings for Facebook in one place and make it much easier for people to manage their data,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said, according to a Reuters account of a Facebook event in Brussels on Tuesday.

Facebook has for years had a complicated relationship with users’ privacy, making the social-networking giant the subject of criticism, lawsuits and threatened federal action over various changes to its privacy policy.