But the new policy is far from the only change that the social network made in the wake of Edward Snowden’s leaks, which revealed that the NSA has been gathering huge amounts of personal data from people’s Facebook accounts.
The company says it plans to roll out an update in the coming weeks that will make it easier to choose how and when to share photos, text, and videos.
The update also makes it easier and more user-friendly to share data with friends and family, though it remains unclear how that will impact privacy.
While privacy is a fundamental issue that Facebook has fought for, it has also been accused of infringing on users’ rights when it comes to sharing their biometric information.
In 2014, Facebook sued the U.S. government over a government request for biometric-tracking data, and the company won its case.
Since then, Facebook has been working to improve its privacy policies, and it’s still the largest platform for the sharing of biometric and other data.
Last year, Facebook’s chief privacy officer wrote an open letter to the company’s user base that included a list of demands that the company make in order to keep users’ information secure.
“We will make sure we have policies that protect you from fraud, hate speech, or surveillance by third parties,” the letter read.
The new privacy update also comes as Facebook has faced some criticism over the company failing to adequately protect the privacy of its users.
Last week, the New York Times published an article revealing that Facebook had shared the data of millions of people, and that the platform’s internal documents showed the company had been storing and sharing data about millions of its own users.
In addition, The New York Post reported that Facebook collected information on hundreds of millions more users over the last six months, including details of their browsing habits.
Facebook did not respond to requests for comment from Business Insider, but a spokesperson did tell Business Insider that the new privacy policies are a step in the right direction.
“It’s a great day for privacy,” the spokesperson said.
“For years, Facebook was the best place to be online, but today we have the most secure online platform of any major company.
We’ve seen an increase in usage, as we have seen an uptick in data collection.
Our goal is to make this as easy as possible for you, and we are committed to protecting your data.”