Facebook unveils new tie-ups to help SMBs and developers bake privacy into their services

Ahead of the General Data Protection Regulation's (GDPR) enforcement across the European Union, Facebook took several steps meant to comply with the new privacy rules including the rollout of new customer privacy experiences in April. Now that GDPR is in full swing, the social networking site continues to launch fresh initiatives with the goal of upholding an individual's privacy in Europe and in the U.S.

Facebook today announced new partnerships intended to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) and developers build services with customer privacy in mind. To train SMBs in the U.S. on 10 key things to consider when developing privacy-oriented services, Facebook has teamed up with TeachPrivacy, a privacy and data security training center founded by George Washington University Law School Professor Daniel Solove. The National Consumers League will provide the training through several sessions to be conducted at Facebook’s Community Boost events in Baltimore, New Orleans, San Diego, East Palo Alto in California, and Edison in New Jersey.

In Europe, Facebook partnered with the consulting group Promontory to provide a parallel training, which will take place next week in Berlin and Dublin.

To provide resources for app and web developers, Facebook has also tapped into HackerOne. The partnership aims to help mobile startup developers build apps and keep them secure moving forward as part of the FbStart program. Later this year, HackerOne plans to release a guide compiled by computer security experts with the aim of helping developers incorporate security and data protection into their apps at the start. Additionally, Facebook plans to hold webinar trainings and events designed to help developers evaluate their applications.

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