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Updated privacy policy reveals how Meta processes user data

It also elaborates on what type of user data is retained forever.

How Meta's platforms share data among products, provide personalised recommendations, provide information to law enforcement agencies, and deplatform certain accounts are some of the clarifications that came from its updated privacy policy and terms of service released on May 26. While Meta's updated policy and terms of service stick to clarifying the processes used to deliver services, Economic Times has reported that users in India can choose not to agree to the new policy. Meta's privacy policies have previously come under the scanner in India; last year, the Competition Commission of India launched a probe of its policy to share certain data from WhatsApp messages with its other services. The Central Bureau of Investigation had also launched a probe into Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal which revealed how sensitive data of millions of users was sold to a data-mining firm that served targeted advertisements to users in order to influence elections. Key highlights from the policies Type of data collected: The policy reveals that Meta collects quite a bit of data about its users, not only from their own devices or accounts but also from their friends or relatives' activities. This includes: Content created, liked posts, comments, or audio Content provided through Meta's camera feature, user's camera roll settings, or through our voice-enabled features. Messages sent and received including their content subject to applicable law. "We can't see the content of end-to-end encrypted messages unless users report them to us for review," Meta clarified.  Metadata about content and messages, subject…

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