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Ahead of GDPR, Facebook offers users more ways to see the data it has

Facebook's new settings let users view and download their data by category.
Facebook's new settings let users view and download their data by category.

Facebook on Tuesday debuted changes it is making to privacy controls as European data protection rules go into effect next month. With the changes, Facebook users will have more options to view and download data stored on Facebook, as well as an easy way to tell Facebook not to use third-party data as part of its ad targeting.

The bottom line: While Facebook is offering the same tools to users globally, they will show up first in Europe this week, arriving for other users "in the coming weeks and months."