Your Facebook Data


Apr 3, 2018 by Perttu Talasniemi

Your Facebook Data Your Facebook Data

I downloaded all of my data from Facebook and so should you! There might be shocking surprises waiting for you.


I was inspired to download all of my Facebook data after reading these Tweets from Dylan McKay. In his Tweets he wrote that Facebook had tracked all of his phone calls and text-messages, even that he haven’t made those via Messenger. Reading his Tweets made me paranoid: “I wonder what Facebook has on me”. I needed to find out the truth!

Honestly, only thing that was mildly shocking was to see that they have kept all the messages and images sent via Messenger. And they got all of my contacts from my phone. I know, I’ve given the permissions for those voluntarily but it’s chilling to see the reality. But what really was weird was the fact that all of my location data was missing. I’m pretty sure Facebook is tracking that sh*t like crazy. There was also an advertisement profile of me… which wasn’t very accurate. 😅

I was actually expecting to see something way worse than what I got. Maybe the lack of data is because I’ve mainly used Facebook and Messenger with iPhone which is more strict system than Android. Another fact is that I’m not highly active on Facebook but I do use Messenger on a daily basis. Now I understand why some people want to use more secure apps like Wickr for their private conversations.

These past weeks have been interesting, at least what comes to the Facebook scandal. Even WhatsApp’s co-founder – Jan Koum – tells everyone to delete their Facebook accounts. I believe that this is just the tip of the iceberg and there are more privacy scandals cooking. This is not the first time and definitely not the last time something like this happens. There’s now mass escape from Facebook but I doubt it has much impact because Facebook is just too large with their 2 billion monthly users. Let’s imagine that they would lose 200 million users – which is a lot – but it’s not enough to destroy the company. The older I get, the more I understand the regulations against monopolies.

I recommend everyone to go and download their Facebook data to see it yourself what kind of information they collect from you. If you want to delete your Facebook account, make sure you do it properly, so there’s no data leftovers. Comment on Twitter how shocking your data was.

Edited on Apr 6: I also realized that my data related to Facebook Events were missing. I'm pretty sure they track and keep that information for marketing purposes. After writing this article, the fact that location data was missing has troubled me. I just cant believe they wouldn't track that sh*it. So why aren't they sharing it with me? Would it be too shocking to see it in action? Years ago I had a competing idea for Facebook that focused on security and privacy. I suspect that in near future we'll be seeing more of that kind of services – services that respect user's privacy.

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Edited on Apr 6, 2018: Added paragraph


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