Facebook delayed unveiling its smart speaker due to recent data scandal

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Authorities in Britain have meanwhile seized data from Cambridge Analytica in their investigation, and European Union officials have warned of consequences for Facebook.

They are also adding tools to allow users to see what data is being collected and giving them the option and ability to delete any of it. "If any such downstream entity misused data from Facebook, what is the protection available to the data subject?", said one of the queries in the notice. Facebook also wrote on its blog that it plans to simplify the language for its terms of service, and will "also update our data policy to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it". With Facebook planning to release a smart home device that uses the same facial recognition technology, it raises new concerns on how the company manages users' data.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly apologised for the mistakes the company made and has promised to crack down on abuse of the Facebook platform and restrict developers' access to user information.

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Facebook will also redesign its settings menu for mobile devices, now spread out across nearly 20 different screens, and consolidate its privacy and security options in a single place. The data firm, which has ties to President TrumpDonald John TrumpCigna says it has reduced customers use of opioids by 25 percent Greens launch campaign to get Pruitt fired White House: "Maximum pressure" campaign on North Korea is working MORE's 2016 campaign, has said it did nothing improper. Because Facebook hasn't learned anything from the last two weeks, the blog post reads as a detailed explanation about why Facebook is right and everyone else is wrong, rather than any kind of acknowledgement that perhaps scraping millions of unwitting users' non-Facebook data from their phone could be problematic. Facebook is also facing criticism for collecting years of data on call and text histories from Android users. In January, the social media giant killed off Facebook M, its digital assistant that lived within Messenger. "With the GDPR coming into force in a couple of months, data privacy is now high on many organisations' agendas".

"It's been a very intense week", Sherman said in an interview.

"We are ultimately responsible to ensure that things like that do not happen on our platform", said Stirratt on Wednesday.

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Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University professor of communications, said the new privacy settings and tools "are so obviously important to users that one has to wonder why this wasn't already done".

The US-based company said it would also end its partnerships with several large data brokers who help advertisers target people on the social network - a step that follows a scandal over how it handles personal information.

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