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01 April 2018, 12:35 | Jenny Fowler
The news of Facebook's latest data collection comes just a week after data firm Cambridge Analytica was found to have purchased personal details of more than 50 million Facebook users, most of whom did not consent to handing over their information, and was alleged to have used the information to target voters in an attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 USA election. And a lot of people are wondering just what kind of information Facebook has on them.
When you download the copy of your data, it gives you access to your activities on Facebook.
Similarly, many old and long-unused apps still have access to my data after I used my Facebook login to access them.
"Can you tell Facebook what it can and cannot do with your data?"
In a statement to BuzzFeed that Facebookconfirmed, CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Bosworth a "talented leader who says many provocative things", but added the memo was something "that most people at Facebook including myself disagreed with strongly". And even if those people have never joined Facebook - or have chose to delete their accounts - it looks as though some of their data will stay with the social network as long as the people who provided it remain. The company is grappling with backlash over revelations that an app developer legally tapped into Facebook data and then sold it to a third party, in violation of Facebook rules.
But the amount of data Facebook has stored on you doesn't stop there, unfortunately.
In my case, my personal data came in at over a gigabyte, most of it comprised of Messenger exchanges, GIFs, and photos. It is being investigated over its data-collection and privacy practices after information relating to as many as 50 million users wound up - via a third-party app - in the hands of a political research group which allegedly used it to target voters during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
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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".
"You may have seen some recent reports that Facebook has been logging people's call and SMS (text) history without their permission", said Facebook in a "Fact Check" blog post. If you do not need that level of control, then you can leave the option turned off or turn it back on whenever you decide to do so.
Facebook introduced the messenger app to let the user communicate with their friends on Facebook. The problem is that its business model, unlike Apple's, depends on exploiting its users' data.
Even missed mobile phone calls were listed in the data. But it is still a somewhat useful tool for checking in on what friends are up to, finding out if your favorite restaurant will be at that summer festival, recommending others adopt a dog from the shelter you just had a fantastic experience with, and coordinating meet-ups with neighbors who like drinking rare micro-brews on Wednesdays after a quick 5-mile jaunt.
"They have phone numbers of household names who, I'm sure, would be furious to know their phone numbers are accessible".
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