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Tech & Science How To Find Out Everything Facebook Knows About You

01:06  11 may  2018
01:06  11 may  2018 Source:   lifehacker.com.au

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Unless you ’ve been living under the digital version of a rock then you ’re perhaps aware how Facebook finds itself in the eye of a major storm. So much so

If you ’re morbidly curious like me, here’s how to see the facts Facebook knows about you (or what it thinks it knows about you ). Rice tells MONEY that Facebook doesn’t just know your explicitly volunteered information. It also finds out other facts a bit more sneakily.

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If you can't bring yourself to delete your Facebook account entirely, you're probably thinking about sharing a lot less private information on the site. The company actually makes it pretty easy to find out how much data it's collected from you, but the results might be a little scary.

When software developer Dylan McKay went and downloaded all of his data from Facebook, he was shocked to find that the social network had timestamps on every phone call and SMS message he made in the past few years, even though he says doesn't use the app for calls or texts. It even created a log of every call between McKay and his partner's mum.

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Facebook tracks a scary number of details about you — here's how to find out everything it knows . All of this begs the question: How could Facebook know your "inner demons"? The truth is that Facebook knows a scary amount of stuff on you .

The company actually makes it pretty easy to find out how much data it’s collected from you , but the results might be a little scary. Be sure to check out the Contact Info tab for a list of everyone you ’ve ever known and their phone number (creepy, Facebook ).

To get your own data dump, head to your Facebook Settings and click on "Download a copy of your data" at the bottom of the page. Facebook needs a little time to compile all that information, but it should be ready in about 10 minutes based on my own experience. You'll receive a notification sending you to a page where you can download the data - after re-entering your account password, of course.

The (likely huge) file downloads onto your computer as a ZIP. Once you extract it, open the new folder and click on the "index.html" to view the data in your browser.

Be sure to check out the Contact Info tab for a list of everyone you've ever known and their phone number (creepy, Facebook). You can also scroll down to the bottom of the Friends tab so see what phase of your life Facebook thinks you're in - I got "Starting Adult Life".

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Did you know there's a way to download a copy of everything Facebook knows about you ? Check this out to find out how .

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McKay also set up a script on Github to analyse the data for you, but even with the included instructions it isn't the most user-friendly tool if you aren't already a competent coder. You're probably better off just sifting through the data yourself - a fun weekend project, no?

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