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January 29, 2020

FB tool to clear third-party data rolls out globally

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January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON: Facebook said on Tuesday a new tool allowing users of the social network to view and delete data it collects from third parties is rolling out to the estimated two billion members of the leading social network worldwide.

The new feature, part of a stepped-up effort to improve privacy practices, allows users to see and clear “off Facebook activity” used for targeted advertising. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the tool offers “a new level of transparency and control” for the social network, which has been roiled by revelations in the past few years on how it collects and uses data.

“We’ve been working on this for a while because we had to rebuild some of our systems to make this possible.” Zuckerberg said Facebook users will be prompted to review their data when they check their feeds, as part of a “privacy checkup” implemented by the social network.

“As of today, our Off-Facebook Activity tool is available to people on Facebook around the world,” Zuckerberg said in a blog post.

The feature will lift a veil on some aspects of Facebook’s practices that including collecting data from third-party apps, Facebook logins, “likes” and other techniques that determine its ads served up to users.