Meta’s New Privacy Center Explains How the Company Handles Data Collection


Meta has announced a new Privacy Center that provides users with information about data collection, sharing, security, data usage, and advertising. The hub details the approach to privacy in apps like Facebook and Instagram, the data policies, and how to use the multitude of privacy and security settings.

Users can learn how to set up two-factor authentication, gain clarity about who can see their posts, what types of data Meta collects, how it uses that information, and much more.

Initially, the Privacy Center will only be available to a small number of Facebook users in the US on desktops. It plans to roll it out to more apps and people in the coming months. If you have access, you can find the Privacy Center in the Settings and Privacy section. Meta will provide other ways to access it in the future. It plans to update the Privacy Center with more sections and controls.

Meta has added a number of security and/or privacy-focused updates to its apps over the past year. It can be difficult to keep track of everything, so it should be helpful to establish a single hub to describe all of these features in detail. For example, Instagram started requiring people to share their birthdays as part of an effort to protect younger users from “sensitive” content. In September, WhatsApp added end-to-end encryption for chat backups.

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