Facebook building a “simple way to clear your cookies and history”

On Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company is working on a tool that would allow users a “simple way to clear your cookies and history.”

While the company didn’t say so explicitly, this move seems to be in response to the Cambridge Analytica fiasco.

Last month, it was revealed that a 2014 survey app that required Facebook login credentials allowed the survey creator and his team access to their friends’ public profile data.

In the end, this system captured data on 87 million Facebook users. This data trove wound up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a British data analytics firm, and ultimately, the Donald Trump presidential campaign.

“We’re starting with something a lot of people have asked about recently: the information we see from websites and apps that use Facebook’s ads and analytics tools,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page.

“Once we roll out this update, you’ll be able to see information about the apps and websites you’ve interacted with, and you’ll be able to clear this information from your account. You’ll even be able to turn off having this information stored with your account.”

The Cambridge Analytica dustup has resulted in Facebook now being on the defensive: it has trotted out one change after another, and Zuckerberg himself recently testified over the course of 10 hours to a joint Senate committee hearing.

The UK parliament is now demanding that he answer its questions, too.

“Following reports that he will be giving evidence to the European Parliament in May, we would like Mr. Zuckerberg to come to London during his European trip. We would like the session here to take place by 24 May,” Damian Collins, a British MP, wrote on Tuesday.

“It is worth noting that, while Mr. Zuckerberg does not normally come under the jurisdiction of the UK Parliament, he will do so the next time he enters the country. We hope that he will respond positively to our request, but if not, the Committee will resolve to issue a formal summons for him to appear when he is next in the UK.”

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