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Last Updated Apr 19 2018
What are the threats to your privacy when using Facebook
|Device information||Facebook collects information from your device specs and settings. They also know the operator your are using as well as your phone number and timezone. While using their service, they collect information about your location through GPS, Bluetooth, or WiFi signals.||Read More|
|Information from third-party entities||Facebook gets information about you from websites and apps that use their services (for example to retarget you through ads). They also can provide information to third-party services when they use one of the Facebook's tools: your public profile information as well as information about what you post or share.||Read More|
|Information about you from other users||Facebook also collects information when other users "share a photo of you, send a message to you, or upload, sync or import your contact information". This information will not be deleted when you delete your Facebook account.||Read More|
|Usage information||Facebook collects information about the content you share (location of a photo, texts, messages etc.), how you use their app (likes, shares etc.), and how you interact with other users.||Read More|
|Payments information||Facebook collects your payment information and the contact details associated each time you buy something within their app.||Read More|
|Public profile & content||Everyone can access your public profile and access the content shared to an audience set to "Public".||Read More|
Data shared with Facebook
|How you interact with groups||App Information||YES|
|How you interact with people connected with you||App Information||YES|
|User id||App Information||YES|
|Types of content you view||App Information||YES|
|Types of content you engage with||App Information||YES|
|People you are connected to||App Information||YES|
|Groups you are connected to||App Information||YES|
|Language and time zone||Device||YES|
|Name of your mobile operator or isp||Device||YES|
|File and software names and types||Device||YES|
|Shipping and contact details||Payment||YES|
|Credit or debit card number||Payment||YES|
|Use of facebook services on third-party websites and apps||Third-party||YES|
|Third-party websites and apps you visit||Third-party||YES|
|Your contact information shared by other||Third-party||YES|
|Information provided by third-party entity||Third-party||YES|
|Message sent to you||Third-party||YES|
|Sign up time||Time||YES|
|Duration of your activities||Time||YES|
|Frequency of your activities||Time||YES|
|Cover photo||App Information||NO|
|Public posts||App Information||NO|
|Profile picture||Personal Information||NO|
|Education place||Personal Information||NO|
|Work place||Personal Information||NO|
|Contact information you provide||Personal Information||NO|
|Posts by other users about you||App Information||—|
|Mobile phone number||Device||—|
|Photo of you shared by other||Third-party||—|
How to protect your privacy on Facebook
Untag you from a photo or video or ask to remove itReview the photos and videos you are tagged in and untag you or ask to remove it
How to untag you from a photo or video or ask to remove it
First, visit the Privacy settings. In the "Your activity" section, click on the "Use Activity Log" link.
How to untag you from a photo or video
If you’re tagged in a photo and don’t want to be, go to the photo and open the menu.
Click the "Remove tag" button.
How to ask to remove a photo or video
If you don’t want the photo to be on Facebook anymore, tap the photo to open it. Then, tap the menu and choose I don’t like this photo.
Then, pick a reason why and the Facebook team will take care of removing it for you unless you want to directly ask your friend to remove it.
Restrict the audience of your postsEvery time you post a status update, photo or video, you can choose who can see it. Set this setting to "friends" in order to avoid something else seing your content.
Limit the audience for old posts on your timelineLimit the audience of your old posts to only your friends
How to limit the audience for old posts on your timeline
Visit the privacy settings tab and click the "Limit Past Posts" button in the "Your activity" section, "Limit The Audience for Old Posts on Your Timeline".
Limit who can see your friends listChange settings so that no one can see your friends list
How to limit who can see your friends list
Visit the privacy settings tab and select "Only me" in the "How people can find and contact you" section, "Who can see your friends list?".
Limit who can look you up using the email address you providedChange settings so that only your friends can look you up using your email address
How to limit who can look you up using the email address you provided
Visit the privacy settings tab and select "Friends" in the "How people can find and contact you" section, "Who can look you up using the email address you provided?" subsection.
Limit who can look you up using the phone number you providedChange settings so that only your friends can look you up using your phone number
How to limit who can look you up using the phone number you provided
Visit the privacy settings tab and select "Friends" in the "How people can find and contact you" section, "Who can look you up using the phone number you provided?" subsection.
Make sure search engines outside of Facebook can't link to your ProfileUncheck the "Allow search engines outside of Facebook to link to your Profile" option.
How to make sure search engines outside of Facebook can't link to your Profile
Visit the privacy settings section and make sure the Allow search engines outside of Facebook to link to your Profile" option is unchecked in the "How people can find and contact you" section.
Review posts that you're tagged in before the posts appear on your timelineEnable the option to review posts that you're tagged in before the posts appear on your timeline
How to review posts that you're tagged in before the posts appear on your timeline
Visit the Timeline and tagging settings and make sure to enable the option to review posts that you're tagged in before the posts appear on your timeline.
Face recognition settingsDisable the face recognition for photos and videos.
How to disable the face recognition for your profile
According to Facebook: "To recognise whether you're in a photo or video, our system compares it with your profile picture, and photos and videos that you're tagged in."
In order to disable the face recognition, visit the Face recognition settings and set it to "no".
Review all Facebook apps you useDelete the apps you don't use in order to protect your privacy
How to review the Facebook apps you use and share data with
Visit the Apps and website settings and review carefully the list of apps you have signed up for.
Select the ones you don't use anymore and click the "Remove" button.
Check how your profile appear for other peopleSee how you appear for different audiences and change your settings accordingly
How to check how your profile appear for other people
- Go to your own profile and select View As.
- Select "Public" and "View as Specific Person".
- Change the privacy setting or delete the posts you don't want to show.
- Go to your own profile and select More which is located directly below your cover photo. Then select Manage Sections. Uncheck any sections you want to hide.
Turn location services offTurn location services off from your phone
How to turn your location services off
Turning locations services off for iPhone
- Tap Privacy > Location Services
- Scroll down and tap Facebook
- Select Never or While Using the App to choose location access
Turning locations services off for Android
- Go to your Settings.
- Select “Location”
- Flip the switch to the “Off” position.
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