Facebook is close to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that would require users’ consent before the social network shares data differently to what the user originally agreed to.
This means that Facebook could not make information already on the site more widely available than the user initially agreed to.
Facebook could also have to submit independent privacy audits for 20 years under the terms of the agreement.
The settlement would not apply to how Facebook gets user consent for new features and it would not require users to agree to all changes made on the site.
Facebook has received criticism from users and privacy experts in the past on how they handle its privacy policies, which serves the now 800m users on its site.