Recently a lot of people are talking about deleting their Facebook accounts after it came to light that Cambridge Analytica used Facebook provided tools and harvested personal data of nearly 50 million users and many users still have no idea what information of theirs was leaked.
Facebook stores almost every single interaction you’ve had with the social network since you joined, including every time you’ve logged in, advertisements you’ve clicked, events you’ve been invited to, a list of the people you follow, your friends, your hometown, every time you’ve sent or received a message, every single status update and more.
Although Facebook affirmed that “We never sell this data, and this feature does not collect the content of your text messages or calls” but it is still scary that the company knows so much about its users.
However, what you’ll find is that this is an entire history of your life on Facebook.You can use this as a copy of your profile that you can download if you plan to leave the social network, but it’s also just a reminder of how much Facebook knows about you.
How does Facebook know everything about you?
Facebook recently admitted that it actually records more data about you than you would realize. And this data includes call and SMS records, even if the call you made or the SMS you sent has nothing to do with Facebook.
In addition to other private details, like your address, qualification details, professional carrier, liking, disliking, regular regime, even where you go for dinner, how often you travel out of country for working or vacation purpose, includes the special person of your life, etc. that Facebook also records and keeps. In other words, Facebook has lots of lots of data on you.
It’s basically the history of everything you’ve done on Facebook. It’s also the data that Facebook can use to learn more about you. When others get unauthorized access to this data, they can learn a lot about you as well. Well, using a few steps on Facebook you can actually find out.
How to download a copy of your Facebook data?
- Go to Facebook.com/settings.
- Tap “Download a copy of your Facebook data.”
- Tap “Download Archive” and enter your Facebook password for security confirmation.
- It might take a few minutes, but Facebook will alert you when your archive is ready and you’ll now be sent an email with your entire archive.
- When it is, click “Download Archive” again, and a zip file will download to your computer.
- Browse through that archive by opening each file inside the folder.
- Now you can browse your way through a set of web page-like stores of information. For instance, “index.html” is an archived version of your Facebook profile including past relationships, jobs, and educational institutions.
- You can view every photo you’ve uploaded along with all the EXIF data Facebook has on it – i.e. where and when it was taken, and even where it was uploaded.
- You can even see everyone you’ve ever unfriended.
- In fact, Facebook has kept track of every event you’ve ever attended, videos uploaded, locations and devices you’ve logged in from, the messages you’ve sent, the images it compiles for facial recognition and even what advertising topics it thinks you prefer being served.