Facebook rolling out privacy changes ahead of EU's data regulation

Facebook continues to make changes following last week's hearings on Capitol Hill. As Europe prepares for its General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, to go into effect, Facebook is rolling out new privacy tools.

In a blog post late Tuesday, the social network said it will:

Ask users whether they want Facebook to use data from partners, such as other websites, to show them ads.

Ask users to choose whether to continue sharing information such as your political and religious views and relationship status.

Start allowing facial recognition technology if users wish to. This is used to suggest friends you may want to tag in photos and also detect when others might be attempting to use an image you have uploaded as their profile picture. Facebook turned off this feature for Europe in 2012 after pressure from regulators and privacy campaigners.

Ask people to agree to Facebook's updated terms of service and data policy.

"We're not asking for new rights to collect, use or share your data on Facebook, and we continue to commit that we do not sell information about you to advertisers or other partners," Facebook said in a blog post Tuesday.

European Union users will start seeing these requests this week and they will eventually be rolled out globally.

"We'll present the information in the ways that make the most sense for other regions," Facebook said.

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