Facebook is a great tool for keeping in touch with family, sharing art with friends, finding groups that share your ideals, and reading news. But increasingly people are becoming aware of the inherent dangers of what they share being used against them in ways they'd never imagined.
With all the recent news about Cambridge Analytica being banned from Facebook for harvesting and leveraging users' data for political purposes, many are wondering what exactly they might have learned.
If you'd like to find out what information Facebook has accumulated about you, it's fairly easy to request a copy of your account.
Here's how to do it...
- First, open Facebook on your desktop and log in.
- Drop down the menu in the upper-right-hand corner of your screen and click on 'settings'.
- Then, in the “General Account Settings” menu, you will find an option to “download a copy of your Facebook data.”
- Download your archive - you'll have to re-input your password here.
- You'll receive an email at the account you've associated with Facebook that confirms your request.
- Within approximately 10 minutes, you'll received a link to download the file.
(For an idea of how big a file to expect, our web guy has been on Facebook for a decade and his download was roughly 1.25GB.)