April 17, 2024


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FACEBOOK is changing how it uses cookies – small chunks of data that track what users are doing online.

In a blog post on Wednesday, the tech titan announced sweeping changes to the way that people in Europe consent to its cookies.

Facebook has announced a new menu coming soon that will give users more control over how the company tracks them across the web


Facebook has announced a new menu coming soon that will give users more control over how the company tracks them across the webCredit: Alamy

It means users on the continent now have more control over how the company stalks them across the web.

The changes are aimed at handing users more control over their privacy and to align the company’s practices with EU data protection rules.

“We’re making some changes to our cookie consent controls in the European region,” Facebook said.

“This work is part of our ongoing efforts to give people greater control over their privacy.”

As part of the changes, the company has added a new settings menu to Facebook and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.

People using the services across Europe can visit the menu to manage their cookie consent decisions “at any time”, according to Facebook.

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The menu will offer people a more “granular” level of control over their cookie choices and more information on what cookies are used for.

That information includes what data Facebook receives from other apps and websites.

The California tech titan is rolling out the changes across Europe now.

Once it’s available in your region, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to explore the new consent options.

Cookies are delicious baked treats, but they’re also a computer file that’s becoming increasingly important to your life.

On the internet, they are small pieces of text used to store information on web browsers.

Facebook uses them to track your activity across the web – not just on Facebook or Facebook-owned services like Instagram.

It helps the social media behemoth to tailor the ads you see on its platform based on your likes and interests.

That’s because cookies can store data on everything from your browsing history to the amount of time you spend on a website – and even the items in your shopping basket.

According to Facebook’s website, the company uses two types of cookie to track its users.

They include session cookies, which are deleted when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay in your browser until they expire or you delete them.

As well as advertising, Facebook uses the data lumps to verify your account and to improve site performance.

While cookies might help personalise your web experience, they’ve come under fire from privacy experts for being overly invasive.

Critics argue that a user’s browsing history should remain private and so should not be recorded just to target them with ads.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the new data protection law passed by the EU in 2018, companies like Facebook are required to informs users of what data their apps and websites collect.

They must also let users know what the data is used for, who it is shared with, and how the user can review and reject certain cookies.

Earlier this month, UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden said he planned to reform UK data laws and diverge from EU-enacted GDPR. It’s expected that the rules around cookies will remain roughly the same.

Experts said that Facebook’s new menu bring it closer to the standards of Apple, which prioritises user privacy more than its Silicon Valley rivals.

Dan Ives, a senior analyst at Wedbush Securities, told The Sun: “Regulatory scrutiny of Facebook has reached a feverish point around privacy in Europe and this move speaks to the changing times for Zuck & Co.

“This is a smart and strategic move to give European consumers more control of privacy although to date Facebook has seen steady ad growth and engagement the last 18 months.

“With Apple and Facebook at opposite ends of the privacy debate this is Facebook seeing the writing on the wall in Europe.”

Like many social media sites, Facebook uses cookies to track your web activity in order to target ads on its platform


Like many social media sites, Facebook uses cookies to track your web activity in order to target ads on its platformCredit: Alamy
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