How to Update Your Facebook Privacy & Data Sharing Settings

In this week's tip. we share some important tips and how-to's for reviewing and changing your Facebook data sharing and privacy settings. As a response to the Cambridge Analytica fiasco and the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) effective May 25, 2018, Facebook has made it easier for users to control who and what can see and use your data on Facebook. The GDPR has forced Facebook to introduce new privacy options and it appears that they have decided to roll them out world-wide.

At some point in the next couple of months you should get a pop up asking you to make some choices about:

  • Ads based on data from Facebook’s partners.
  • Information—like relationship status and religion—that you are currently sharing on your profile.
  • Whether or not you want to allow Facebook to use facial recognition.

Read more about the GDPR and Facebook Here:

 

How to Limit what Is Shared from Your Facebook Account

Step 1 - Remove unwanted apps and/or modify data your share

  • Login to Facebook and go to the down arrow in the upper right hand corner of Home page
  • Select Settings

 

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  • Next select Apps and Websites from left side list
  • Select any of the apps you want to remove and click on the blue remove button
  • You can view and edit any app to change what the app can collect or do
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Apps, Websites and Games OFF or ON

If you turn off this setting:

  • You won't be able to log into apps or websites using Facebook
  • Apps and websites you've logged into with Facebook may delete your accounts and activity
  • You won't be able to play some games on Facebook, and your gaming activity may be deleted
  • Your posts, photos and videos on Facebook that apps and websites have published may be deleted
  • You won't be able to interact with or share content from other apps and websites on Facebook using social plugins such as the Share and Like buttons

 

Step 2 – Review Your Ad Preferences

From the settings area, select Ads to update, modify or delete what you are sharing and third parties are collecting from your interactions with companies, advertisers, etc.

Go to each area and modify as desired. Ensure you select ‘See more” as you may be surprised at the sheer number of interests and advertisers you have interacted with while on Facebook!

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Your Interests - Check all categories including “more”

Advertisers you’ve interacted with - Who have added their contact list to Facebook These advertisers are running ads using a contact list they uploaded that includes your contact info. This info was collected by the advertiser, typically after you shared your email address with them or another business they've partnered with.

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Whose website or app you’ve used Whom You’ve visited More … Whose ad you’ve clicked  

 

Step 3 - Do a FACEBOOK MOBILE PRIVACY CHECKUP

From your Facebook app on your mobile device, go to settings (three horizontal lower right hand corner) and scroll down to Settings & Privacy Then Privacy Shortcuts Select Privacy Checkup – takes you through 3 steps

  • Choose audience for your posts from your newsfeed
  • Profile – what info you are sharing and with whom
  • Apps & Websites (I had 70 on mobile – even though I had deleted 20+ from my desktop Facebook settings)

Check out this article: https://www.howtogeek.com/349659/how-to-protect-your-privacy-on-facebook/

Bonus Tip - Check out the Data Facebook has collected on you

  • Download a copy of your Facebook data (your archives ) from the link on bottom of settings page

Read more about Facebook Privacy and Data Policies:

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