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How Much Data Did Facebook Steal from You?

Jack Jones

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The public recently discovered that Mark Zuckerberg’s multimillion-dollar social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. have far more access to people’s personal data than was known. These apps were just the tip of the iceberg though, as thousands of apps have access to plenty of personal information.

Most app makers routinely disobey the privacy policies that are required. For example, apps can find a code specific to the phone that allows them to access everything that has ever been done on the device. Serge Elman, the director of usable security and privacy research at the International Computer Science Institute, says that even apps for children have this feature. Over 5,000 that were tested showed as positive for privacy disobedience using the app Lumen that Serge created. More than half of these apps had access to the ID code.

Some of the information that can be found in Facebook data is confidential and personal. For example, it can show the 110,000 users who have liked the HIV or AIDs diagnosis. It can also show the 51,000 people listed under erectile dysfunction or the 400,000 plus people under binge eating disorder. The amount of information that can be discovered and shared is scary.

Facebook is able to analyze users’ behavior and even their intelligence. They may also be able to understand which political party users stand by, which are used by algorithms that produce specific advertisement. Safia Nygara, a YouTuber, buys products off of her Facebook and tries to understand their algorithms with further depth. 

Facebook has data about everything in user’s lives and millions of people around the world gave it access. Further breaches can be prevented by deleting the app or even deleting your account.

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