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How to figure out what Facebook knows about you: instructions

Journalist edition USA Today downloaded the data that Facebook had been collecting about him for years, and, as the journalist himself admits, he became scared.

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The social network is convenient because it shows the latest photos of users, you can stay in contact with old friends and keep abreast of the latest news.

But in order to get these opportunities, Facebook kept:

— information about the location of all user contacts. This happened when the person registered in Facebook and he was asked if he wanted to join other friends. At this moment, the import into the network of contacts from a computer, which had phone numbers and sometimes addresses, occurred. Facebook I kept this information all the time since 2007, when a journalist registered USA Today;

— information about places that the user has marked;

- all IP addresses where he has ever accessed Facebook;

- the political and religious views of the user (according to Facebook estimates), despite the interests in which the journalist is focused: photography, work (latest articles, podcasts and videos), and sometimes family;

- all searches in Facebook over the years, the names of subscribers and friends.

Want to know what Facebook knows about you?

Just go to the “Settings” section. Facebook (the arrow next to the question mark at the top right) and click on “upload my data” at the bottom of the page called “General Account Settings.” Then make a request and wait for the compilation of your data in Facebookthat is delivered by email. If you were on Facebook over the years, expect the process to take some time.

Once the file appears, double-click to open the “index.htm” file in the Internet browser, and view it.

Despite the fact that Facebook I have been collecting data for years; loading it will not require a separate hard drive for giant files. Most of them consist of text and, therefore, files have tiny volumes.

Where did Facebook have phone numbers of friends?

Separately Facebook collected information about calls and text messages from devices Androidbut the social network defended itself, stating that it first asked permission to do so.

In the meantime, you don’t need to upload a file to find out which advertisers are targeting you and have personal information, including your religious and political beliefs.

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Again, in the “Settings” section in Facebook go to the “Applications” section by clicking “Applications” in the left menu.

Here you can try to play in chaos with the algorithm Facebookby eliminating the assumptions that are picked up Facebook.

After a few clicks, the journalist knew which advertisers had his information. Magazine Vanity Fairwhich he likes but not subscribed as well Dollar Rent a Car and Uber, which he used.

Facebook said these companies had "your contact information", but did not indicate how it was - it could just be an email or a phone number and address.

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One section that is definitely worth prohibiting is the setting of ads in which Facebook asks if he can create ads for you based on the websites and applications you visit.

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Jeremy Ouyang, analyst Kaleido Insights, offers to disable as many features as possible on Facebook. “The less information you give, the more privacy you have,” he says.

Let's face reality - you can click every button and Facebook will still find a way to keep track of you. But he can track less.

Recall that the illegal use of 50 data of millions of users has already cost this company tens of billions of dollars in capitalization. But the main intrigue is in this story. Appeared "Russian trace". Details about the history of Kogan and his scam ForumDaily wrote in the material "As a scientist from Russia, I stole data from Facebook users for a company that advises Trump. ”.

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