So here we are. Yet another Facebook related controversy. Yet another set of questions being raised about the privacy of our data with Facebook and yet another blog post on the matter.

But what we’ll be talking about here today is more than the issue at hand and more about a pre-emptive issue that gives us, the layman Facebook user, an insight into how much actually the platform knows about us. So much so that am sure even my own mother doesn’t know about me!

Well yeah. My mom doesn’t know that in 2010 I updated my Facebook status while writing my University Exam, saying how pathetic the question paper was. The first person to comment on that was my lecturer herself, who definitely wasn’t happy about that.

So what does Facebook data actually tell us? How much does Facebook know about us? Lots if you ask me. Here’s how to get started.

 

Downloading your Facebook Data

  1. Go to Facebook Settings.
  2. General Tab.
  3. At the bottom of the General Tab you’ll see an option “Download a copy of your Facebook Data“.

Based on how much stuff you have uploaded to Facebook over the years – text status updates, images, videos, GIFs etc. it might take some time for the data to download.

You’ll receive two emails. One as soon as you request the download, looking something like this –Continue reading