Post by BrritSki
We know that FB gathers information, as does Google, in ways it's
difficult to imagine. My bet is there are lots of other things that are
gathering info about us that we have no idea about.
PS Here's what FB Purity advises. I've been using it since it was
brought to my attention and already followed much of this advice. The
problem is NOT new by any means. Also note that FB tracks you even if
you don't use it !
Regarding the current news of Cambridge Analytica, FB Purity was warning
its users about the problem with Facebook applications stealing their
data back in 2010! (see:
If you value your privacy and still want or need to use Facebook. Here's
a list of some of the things you can do to protect it:
1) Ditch the Facebook mobile phone app, it basically has complete access
to anything you do on your phone, and tracks everything you do, sucks up
all your contact info, tracks you with GPS etc etc. Its safer to use the
Facebook mobile website at http://m.facebook.com in your mobile's web
2) When browsing Facebook on a desktop web browser make sure you have a
tracker blocking browser extension such as Disconnect or Ghostery
installed, as this will stop Facebook tracking all the websites you
visit in your web browser. The way Facebook tracks which sites you visit
is via the ubiquitous "like" button widgets that website owners include
in their web pages. Facebook even tracks non Facebook users in this way
and creates what are known as "shadow" profiles.
3) Never use the "Facebook" sign-in method to login to other websites.
Those websites get access to some of your Facebook data when you do this.
4) To make sure Facebook applications by third parties cannot access any
of your or your friends data, turn off the "Facebook Platform" in
Facebook's settings on the following page:
To do this, go to the section titled
"Apps, Websites and Plugins" , click Edit and then change the setting to
disable "Facebook Platform"
5) If you don't want to completely turn off the "Facebook Platform" as
you still want to use certain Facebook applications or Facebook sign-in,
you should go through the "App settings" at
https://www.facebook.com/settings… and remove any Facebook apps that you
no longer use, and also go to the section titled "Apps others use" and
untick all the boxes there (This will stop apps your friends use from
getting your data even if you yourself are not using the apps)
6) Review and edit your Facebook privacy settings at
7) Review the advertising profile Facebook has built for you at
https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/… ( the F.B. Purity browser
add-on lets you easily delete the list of Interests and Advertisers
Facebook has generated for you) Its also worth reviewing the other
settings on that page, such as the "ads based on your usage of websites
and apps" setting, which basically means you will be shown ads related
to websites you have visited, also important is the "ads with your
social actions" setting, that basically means if any Facebook Page you
have "liked" creates a Sponsored ad on Facebook they can use your name
at the top of their ad to endorse their Advert.
8) This is an extreme one and against Facebook's terms and conditions
but its better not to include any of your real information on Facebook,
better to put fake information in there, including your name and
address, birth date etc.
Of course if you really value your privacy the best thing is to stop
using Facebook altogether, delete all the data on your Facebook account
and then delete your account, though I don't think it will stop Facebook
from keeping a "shadow" profile on you, and who knows if they really
ever delete your data, there was certainly some news articles in the
past on just that topic where Facebook was holding on to data it
shouldn't have been.
What do you think of this list? Got any other Facebook privacy tips you
would like to share, add them in the comments!