Facebook's Access Your Information tool gets a makeover and a new search tool

Facebook today announced a visual redesign for its privacy settings tool called Access Your Information. The tool was first launched in 2018 in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Back then, the tool had two data categories that were rather broad, but the new makeover makes it easier to navigate and use. The latest version removes the data categories "Your Information" and "Information About You". It now breaks those pieces of information into eight categories, namely:

  • Your Activity Across Facebook
  • Friends and Followers
  • Preferences
  • Personal Information
  • Logged Information
  • Ads Information
  • Apps and Websites Off of Facebook
  • Security and Login Information

Facebook also added subcategories to each of these categories to help narrow down your search for a specific type of data. On that note, there's now a new search functionality that lets you look for data categories you want to view or modify.

The tool is also now more transparent in showing how Facebook uses your data to personalize your experience on its service such as by serving you an ad for a food delivery app based on your location, for example. Although you can already view this information in the "Why Am I Seeing This" tool, Facebook said it "wanted to make it easier for people to discover".

Facebook is rolling out the redesigned privacy tool to iOS and Android devices from today. In the future, these changes will also go live on other platforms.

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