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

James Felton 26 Mar 2018, 12:52

One developer from New Zealand downloaded his data, which he shared on Twitter. 

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After creating script to record statistics of his cell phone records, he found Facebook had records of:

  • Over 700 distinct calls, with data on whether these were incoming, outgoing, or missed
  • The duration of each call 
  • 1,369 SMS messages, with data on whether they were sent or received
  • Both failed and drafted messages

Dylan McKay, who created the script, has made the code available on Github for anyone who would like to make sense of their own Facebook data.

But the amount of data Facebook has stored on you doesn't stop there, unfortunately. Recently a news reporter checked out his own data.

“It included scanned copies of lease forms from a previous rental property I must've sent to my buddies over Messenger, my current tenant ledger report, an old monthly billing statement for my home broadband, screenshots of banking transfers and seemingly endless web pages of all the banal conversations I have ever had on the platform,” he wrote in the New Zealand Herald.

“It's an odd feeling to think that, in some ways, Facebook knows you better than you know yourself.”

Your own data can be requested as a zip file here. Be warned, you might not like what you find.

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