Facebook is offering a privacy tour for its new members. The members when signing up will see a step-by-step education tour as a part of the campaign that addresses European regulatory agency concerns.
The change started progressing from Friday, in part because of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s Office. Last year, they conducted an audit of how the social network followed with privacy rules in European Union and Ireland.
The data protection office turned a watchdog agency for more than 818 million users of Facebook outside Canada and United States.
The audit’s recommendations were links to privacy policies and improved controls for personal details through the signup process.
The new signup process will include specific tips like how to choose who can go through their posts; how games, applications and advertising works on the site; how to tag things in photos and people; and how to search for new friends.
Facebook recently added in-line settings for photos and posts in August 2011 as a part of key privacy revamp. It has now included in-line settings for new members to instantly select who can go through the basic information like about their schooling and where they work.
Erin Egan, Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer, said in a statement that in Facebook, they are committed to ensure that people understand how to control their information like what users share and with whom. The company is appreciating the guidance they have received from the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s Office as they attempt to highlight many tools and resources they are offering to the people to control their personal details on Facebook.
After receiving pressure from the government agencies and privacy advocates, the company has started adding privacy controls. The company agreed to a clearance with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on November 2011 about the way it handles the user’s data.
There are about 1 billion monthly Facebook members active worldwide, so the new changes are meant for the new members only. However, the present members can also check the frequently asked questions and tutorials new users are getting in the site’s Help Center in facebook.com/help.