In a separate blog post by Egan, she highlighted some privacy basics that would go with the new changes, as well as some tips on how to get the most out of the Facebook experience. The importance of privacy is still stressed, however, as she makes it clear that Facebook wants its users to understand how it receives and uses data, even in the most unusual of circumstances.
For example, understanding battery and signal strength helps make sure our apps work well on your device. We ask for permission to use your phone’s location to offer optional features like check-ins or adding your location to posts.
Facebook has been hounded in the past by privacy advocates for not adequately disclosing how it uses the data it gathers from users. In 2011, the social network had to settle charges with the Federal Trade Commission, which claimed that Facebook deceived its users by stating that it would keep their information private, but then repeatedly made this information public.
The social network has since taken steps to win back users who have become disenchanted with the service, such as giving them the ability to opt out of ads, and providing better control over what data is collected and shared.
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