Facebook’s latest scandals involving Cambridge Analytica and Barack Obama’s campaign team allowed to break the user rules is prompting many to ponder whether deleting their Facebook account is the right move. But Facebook can still track you even if you delete your account.
By connecting your Facebook profile to a third-party app, you’re typically also granting that app permission to access your data. You can check which apps your Facebook account is sharing data with by clicking here.
That includes your name, profile picture, cover photo, gender, networks, username and user ID. These apps can also access your friends list and any other public data. Once the outside parties have access to your data, they can then use it to track different types of activity.
Many popular apps such as Instagram, Spotify, Airbnb, and Tinder can be connected to your Facebook account. Just weeks ago, for example, MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe bragged that the company stores “an enormous amount of information” about users, and even tracks where they go after the movie has ended. MoviePass is also among the many apps that can be connected to your Facebook. And that’s just the beginning.
According to The Daily Mail, taking Facebook quizzes from third-party services, or doing image generators (such as the ever-popular “What Would Your Baby Look Like”, or “What Would You Look Like As The Opposite Sex”), also often gives outside firms access to your data. While these are usually preceded by a pop-up asking permission to access certain parts of your profile, many users have taken to clicking through without thoroughly reading what they’ve just agreed to. Some users are now expressing their horror upon realizing they’ve granted permission to hundreds of third-party apps. Other apps that have experienced viral popularity over the last few years, such as Facetune and Meitu, can access your Facebook data as well.
One way to try and ensure that your data stays private is to request that your Facebook account be deleted, but that doesn’t protect the information that you have already supplied. Many users are willing to trade off the risk of supplying their data for the convenience of staying connected to friends and others on the social network. Others are not.
So what can you do to protect your data if you want to stay on Facebook? To begin, visit the settings area of Facebook found via the drop-down arrow in the top right-hand corner of your profile page on the desktop version of the site. Then click on the apps tab on the left of the page and click “show all” at the bottom, then you can see, edit, and remove all the apps you’ve ‘consented’ to track your account.
Now, a likely vast list of all apps that can access and view your own personal data will be revealed. To edit or remove these apps from your list of permitted platforms, simply hover the mouse over one of the options. Clicking the pencil icon will bring up the edit options and clicking the ‘X’ will bring up the option to remove it. For each app that has access to the data, users can go in and customize what permissions are granted to each app.
But this is all just the tip of the iceberg so far. Facebook has untold and even horrifying amounts of information about all of its users, even those who have deleted their accounts. We will do our best to update you on the newest ways to protect your private information online as more information continues to come out.
Read books by Eustace Mullins. This criminal conspiracy to own and control every aspect of our lives is the result of a 5,000 years plan to become rulers of the world. It just goes to show what you can accomplish with a solid plan, persistence, patience and teamwork.
Someone, please… deport Zuckerberg. He’s about as antithetical to being what it means to be an American as is possible. He loves the socialism/communism way of life so much, how about sending him to China or Venezuela or some other suitable environment. Maybe South Africa, that’d be just fine for his viewpoints to be accepted by all his ‘dindu’ buddies.
Don’t care I have nothing to hide.
I’m a RED White and Blue PATRIOT!!!
I lurk a lot on this site and think you generally are a voice of reason. The “nothing to hide” statement was unexpected from you.
If you don’t have anything to hide, then could you post your e-mail logins and passwords, your paystubs and your bank statements for the past few months, your address, and the make and model of car you drive? Oh, and can you make sure all of your window drapes are open and leave the bathroom door open when you go inside, too?
Asking for a friend …
Those who give up a little privacy for security shall lose both and deserve neither.
SGT Dale…that better be sarcasm/parody. It is bullshit like that which results in our loss of privacy. Submitting to the “if you haven’t done anything wrong you should have nothing to hide” coercion is how privacy disappears.
FB is a social network for social people, it is meant for others to gather your information once you post personal information. It was never “private” to share your secrets or private information on it.
I left FB when it recorded every search I made and posted to those I searched for I wanted to friend them. Yeah, I thought they would be discreet, but they are not, never was. You are right. What part of “social network” means private? LOL!
right click -> view page source -> searchword function -> name of spammers
Firstly, very little of the coding has to do with the intended reading material. I would like that you sink in, for emphasis. What is the real, intended purpose, if the not the subject matter.
It’s ad revenue.
The rest of the website is superfluous.
Most websites talk to third parties, and quit working, when you turn that off:
turn off cookies or tracking cookies
I’ll take a sabbatical, on the holidays.
Facebook… the show your ass website. People love themselves so much they plaster their pictures for all to see. Talk about being in love with yourself. You’d think the novelty would have worn off by now. What happened to the net neutrality vote anyway, did they skip that part?
These FB members have low self esteem, so they turn into narcissistic fools, boring people to tears trying to show their online photos. I avoid them after learning all they want u to do is look at their selfies and family photos off FB from their cell phone. Having no real life, interests or friends, they bore people to death. Many are older women with no spouse and live alone. Parents are so addicted, their kids have zero supervision and do as they please. Teens and young adults addicted so they stay up most the night and waste their lives on social media. This country will be trashed soon as people are out of touch with reality.
Will be trashed? We are pretty close if not there already.
The FBI should raid Facebook and seize its servers. I warned about these issues in the past: the millennial and nano dip-shits who work for these companies do not realise they have been punked by a deep-state surveillance operation. Executed in a hands-off manner, it means all the dirty tasks these tech nerds were told to do – cover up corruption at international organizations, child sex networks, boost Hillary and Obama, two war criminals and financial criminals – will mean they are ALL open to lawsuits and legal blowback.
Zuckerberg and Sandberg are already distancing themselves from the company to avoid legal prosecution and leave the nerds holding the bag, while they both scuttle back to Israel and start up another company a year or two from now.
Frank you speak of the Deep State, and you start your comment by saying the FBI should raid Facebook. I’m confused, who is the Deep State? Trekker Out
The FBI is not the deep state. They have snakey elements in there but they are a public institution bound by law. The deep state is the web of contractors, tech companies, intelligence agencies, elite agenda setters, Defense and aerospace companies. Those dudes pull the strings.
Good reason to ignore the social sites.
I clicked on the link in the story, and it seems that FB is not sharing my data with any apps at all, just as I thought. I don’t click on any of that crap in FB.
I use FB just enough to look normal and stay gray. I’ll say hi to old friends and faraway relatives once in a while or say happy birthday. I don’t “like” anything people post, even kitten videos.
No Wastebook for me. I started an account many years back and when I saw how many intrusive questions that required answers, I quit it right there. And I have more interesting things to do than waste time on there. People I wish to be in contact with have my email and the usual other ways of contacting me. I also noticed right away that Wastebook was always changing things so that you’d have to go in there and reset all the privacy settings. More time wasted that I could be doing something worthwhile like pulling weeds.
I wish I could get rid of bulk mailings of advertisements; another time waster sorting through that to find important mail.
The Deep State is actually the private bankers who own the Fed, investment bankers, big-time scoundrels that manipulatebt stock prices through insider trading, buybacks, and mutual computerized transactions, trillionaire investors who bet on the future state of just about anything and make it happen, destroying countless lives and whole countries, the parties that get their puppets elected (remember, according to the Supreme Court, corporations are legal entities that can offer unlimited campaign contributions in the name of Free Speech) and cash in on state and government contracts to the point of sinking us in debt and dictate public policies to their lackey politicians, those who own the debt these people force us into, while eliminating well-paying jobs in order to bolster their profits, the parasites that are destroying this country, while we are sitting here, chatting.
How many of you are one of Facefuckerbergs ” Dumb F**ks”.
Read the article, then look in the mirror. Does “Dumb F**k” need be tattooed on your forehead?
I have never had nor will I ever have a public social media page, because waaaay back when it was ALSO said that it was dumb as schit to parade your private life for all to see.
“They TRUST ME”…..Yep, plenty of narcissistic morons really do trust you Mark, because they are GULLIBLE MORONS. The deserve the buttf**king you gave them because they were narcissistic morons.
This is all part of the end times scenario, please study the Book of Daniel, Ezekiel 38 and the Book of Revelation! No man can change these events, the 7 year Tribulation (Jacob’s Trouble) is right around the corner. It will start with a peace treaty made by the antichrist Please don’t take his mark (666 probably an RIFD chip) and don’t worship him or you are doomed! There’s only one way out: you have to accept JESUS CHRIST – Yeshua Ha Mashiach – as your personal Lord and Savior who paid on the cross for your sins and came back to life on the 3rd day!!! We have to come to the cross as broken sinners. All born again Christians will be raptured before the 7 year Tribulation begins – please don’t get left behind!
The rapture is a myth created in the late 1800’s by the Church. The rapture isn’t even mentioned in the Bible.
YOu cannot delete your FB account!! Disable yes, delete NO!?? So why isnt there a lawsuit against the thing???????????