Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Facebook Introduces Tool To Delete Your Personal Data

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"The last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies, and to help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data", the company wrote in a blog post published Wednesday morning.

Prior to the Journal report, Facebook says it has redesigned its privacy tools, giving its 400 million users "the power to control exactly who can see the information and content they share".

It's easy enough, you go to settings, then general account settings and click on download my data.

"You can download all of this data- phone numbers that you have collected, credit cards it's collected. having all of this".

Hill: Yeah, the reason I got interested in this is because I was trying to figure out why people were getting such creepy "people you may know" suggestions.

Zuckerberg says app developers can now access the web of connections between users and their friends, a set of connections Facebook calls the "social graph". Facebook is looking more like a data collection bank rather than a social media platform. At the the bottom of the list there is a like to download a copy of your Facebook data.

It may take several minutes depending on how much data you have and how long you've been a Facebook user. You're then free to download your archive, which will arrive in your computer's "Downloads" folder as a zip folder.

Once you receive your files, the information is broken down into sections like contact info, text messages, Facebook messages, advertisers and more.

Facebook is an advertising behemoth with more than two billion users a month.

The plaintiffs in the case say they created a fictitious realty firm and submitted dozens of housing ads for Facebook review.

One company's privacy setting stated, "If you would like us to delete your record in our system, please contact us and we will attempt to accommodate your request if we are not legally obligated to retain the record".

At some point, Facebook asked me to grant it access to my phone contacts. "Now, Facebook can follow you around the internet and around the web based on these different sites", she said.

In fact, while there was more of a dip in Facebook's rankings on the Google Play Store for Android phones compared to Apple's App Store for iOS devices-but it was back to the 5th rank on the Play Store, higher than the pre-scandal rating.

"If you really don't want to give that permission - you use another product". Facebook matches the data to personal profiles on its network and lets organizations target those profiles with advertising.

Facebook also seems to think that I was in the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in the U.S. Army (nope), that I watch a lot of Channel 4 (which is in the United Kingdom), and that I'm a big fan of Undercover Boss (which I've seen maybe twice).

From a professional perspective, the young executive uses Paperless Post, which offers an email-based alternative to the typical Facebook event when trying to do something small-scale and fairly private.

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