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Facebook, Google Launch New Privacy Features

by Keith Wagstaff /

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Facebook and Google announced new privacy measures on Monday meant to protect user data.

On Facebook, people will be able to set up encrypted emails and list their OpenPGP public keys on their profiles. It's not a simple process, but those who care enough about their privacy to download GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) can then use end-to-end encryption to make sure nobody —Google, Yahoo, hackers, government agencies — can read their friend requests and other notifications.

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Google announced its own privacy product called "My Account." It's a hub meant to put all security settings and features in one place. From there, users can change their ad settings, take a "Privacy Checkup," and change how much data they share with Google Maps, YouTube and other Google services.

"When you trust your personal information with us, you should expect powerful controls that keep it safe and private as well as useful answers to your questions," wrote Google in a blog post.

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Google's "My Account" will be available to all users starting on Monday, the same day Facebook's encryption feature begins "gradually rolling out" to the public.

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