Facebook says user data can't be used for surveillance


Facebook just updated its U.S. privacy policies, and human rights activists are pretty happy about it.

The social media site has banned developers from using user data for surveillance. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, also updated its policies.

Several social media sites, including Facebook, faced criticism last year for handing over location, photos and other personal user information to software company Geofeedia.

Geofeedia partners with law enforcement and aids police surveillance programs. Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union released a report showing police used information the startup collected to track Black Lives Matter demonstrations and protesters.

SEE MORE: New Facebook Live Tools Help Prevent Suicide

After the ACLU report, the group and other human rights advocates urged Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to shut down programs that can track users, especially those targeting "people of color and activists."

The new rules don't completely kick law enforcement off the site. Facebook will still provide information on a case-by-case basis to help solve crimes.

Law enforcement can also reportedly get data during national crises and disasters, but Facebook didn't say what events would warrant that kind of surveillance.

Read Full Story

Can't get enough business news?

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from retailer news to the latest IPOs delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.