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‘Privacy champ’ Facebook announces more controls

Claims 80trn checks per day made to prevent exposure of private data

Facebook claims it runs 4,000 privacy-related surveys per day in 27 languages.
Facebook claims it runs 4,000 privacy-related surveys per day in 27 languages.

Facebook yesterday sought to counter concerns over its privacy policies by claiming to be a champion of data protection, running 80trn checks per day on its servers to ensure users' information is not on public display, TechRadar reported.

The social media firm also claimed it ran 4,000 privacy-related surveys per day in 27 languages. The responses of those surveys revealed the need for on-screen messages about privacy controls, which the company has already introduced, and now it says it is planning more such messages.

Users will be told about options to change privacy settings on old cover photos and Facebook will also inform them that when a friend shares content, it will only be visible to mutual friends. Also planned, is a message to let users know the difference between public and private status updates.

Facebook said its privacy efforts were slit between two teams. Privacy Product Engineering is responsible for the interface that allows users to change settings, and the Privacy Infrastructure Engineering team looks after back-end architecture to ensure unassigned data is locked.