Facebook under fire for user information tool

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The update to Facebook’s user information download tool is being criticized for not being extensive enough.

Facebook doesn’t stay out of the limelight for long. After announcing this week that it is buying Instagram for $1 billion, it is under fire again for not protecting users’ privacy enough.

In an attempt to satisfy previous complaints about Facebook privacy and the amount of information held about users, a tool has been updated allowing users to view this.

Tool named Download Your Information, allows users to download an archive of user activity history.

Not transparent enough

Although the tool has gone a long way since it was first launched in 2010, beyond friend requests and login data, the tool isn’t anywhere near as transparent as it should be, according to campaigners.

Users expressed their views on the issue on the ‘Facebook and Privacy’ page on Facebook. Many commented that they should be able to delete all the information held about them, without having to go through a backlog. And others were appreciative of how useful this could be in times of other storage devices being lost.

“More categories of information will be available for download in the future,” Facebook says. But many users are continuing to be wary about the kind of information they put online.

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