FAIR housing groups in the USA filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday saying that Facebook continues to discriminate against certain groups, including women, disabled veterans and single mothers, in the way that it allows advertisers to target the audience for their ads.
The changes are meant to "better spell out what data we collect and how we use it", Egan and Beringer wrote, adding that this is "about transparency - not about gaining new rights to collect, use, or share data".
The Federal Trade Commission confirmed news reports on Monday that it was investigating the company.
The social networking giant takes this action after a consumer and regulatory backlash over the misuse of personal information of as many as 50 million Facebook users by data analysis and political ad firm Cambridge Analytica, which said it helped Donald Trump get elected.
It would seem that Facebook gathered such data legally through the use of the Android permission structure that governs what access apps have to a device's and its user's data, rather than a concerted effort on Facebook's part to hoover up such information.
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The changes come after revelations that the data firm Cambridge Analytica had wrongfully obtained Facebook profiles for at least 30 million Facebook users. Almost three months in, it's a taller order than ever. The Menlo Park, California-based company said in a blog post this week that for developers, the changes "are not easy", but are important to "mitigate any breach of trust with the broader developer ecosystem".
Andrea Jelenik, the leader of the Article 29 Working Party, an organization of European Union data protection enforcers, specifically pointed Wednesday to Facebook's multibillion dollar stock losses. That's where people can go to delete information or download a copy.
While the move is meant to prepare for tighter European privacy regulations going into effect in May, Facebook said that recent events "underscore their importance". He called the investigation "good news".
"For some time"? It's been seven years since the FTC's consent decree with Facebook. He said the FTC had dropped the ball in failing to enforce that.
Facebook has made moves like this before, and it'll be interesting to see just how this one sticks.
In response, it's bolting on an "Access Your Information" section to the website, billed as "a secure way for people to access and manage their information, such as posts, reactions, comments, and things you've searched for".