People Are Downloading Their Facebook Data And Are Horrified By What They're Finding

James Felton 26 Mar 2018, 12:52

The Cambridge Analytica scandal continues to roll on. As it does, people are becoming more and more aware of just how much data Facebook has on them.

One easy (yet slightly horrifying) way to see it all in one place is to request all of your Facebook data as a zip file. A lot of people have been trying this over the last week, and have been pretty shocked by how much of their information the tech giant has.

While most people would expect Facebook to have data on how they use the app, they're a little shocked to discover it has access to everything from all the contacts on their phone to a record of every text message they've ever sent or received, even if they don't use Facebook Messenger. But that's not all Facebook has.

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"They have plundered my phone. They have phone numbers of people who aren’t on Facebook," British actor and writer Emma Kennedy wrote on Twitter

"They have phone numbers of household names who, I’m sure, would be furious to know their phone numbers are accessible. I’m appalled."

Other Facebook users have had the same experience.

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It would be easy to dismiss these as unusual cases where users haven't set their privacy settings properly. But it does seem to be fairly typical. Developers and techies alike are reporting the same thing. Even people who claim to have their privacy settings locked down like Alcatraz during a visit from the President are finding that Facebook still has a lot of information on them stored away.

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