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Facebook knows what doctors I go to

With all the news this week about how Facebook basically helped Donald Trump and the Russians steal our election, I decided to download my own Facebook data and see what Facebook has on me.

It was a disturbing experience.

You can download the data easily enough. Follow these instructions, and you should receive the data in a half hour or so.

You’ll receive a zip file that you can open, and then click into the folder with your name on it, and you’ll find something like the following:

Click on index.htm, and it should open a Web page that will be your starting point to explore what information Facebook has on you. Then just click the links on the left side of the page.

Here’s a list of what they had on me:

1. Profile.

That’s simple enough. And expected. Facebook has everything I’ve written about myself in my profile.

2. Contact info.

This one was rather disturbing. Facebook has the names and phone numbers of everyone in my iphone. That includes friend, dates, and doctors. I don’t want Facebook to have a list of my doctors, so that someone can easily ever-engineer what’s going on with my health. How did Facebook get this information? I had synced my iphone with my Facebook page, in order to fill in the information in my address book. I had no idea I was literally handing my entire address to Facebook for keeps.

Wait a minute, why does Facebook have my cell phone? And they’re giving it to advertisers?!

3. Timeline.

Facebook has every single thing you’ve ever written on your timeline. While that’s expected, it’s also really creepy looking back at things you wrote in 2008, and realizing someone has a file of everything.

4. Photos.

Yep, they kept every photo you’ve ever published.

5. Videos.

Ditto

6. Friends.

A list of all of your Facebook friends.

7. Messages.

Okay, this one creeped me out. Facebook has a copy of every message you ever sent to anyone on Facebook. And for all I know, they’re sharing it with the highest bidder. Did you ever discuss your health with anyone on Facebook? Ever discuss sex? Ever discuss any confidential work issues? Every discuss your health? Ever discuss anything personal and confidential that you don’t want to sold to the highest bidder?

Okay, these are Facebook chat discussions. Wow. They’ve kept every chat you’ve ever had, gone back a decade or more. Wouldn’t law enforcement, a divorcing spouse, or just someone suing you love to have access to that.

8. Pokes, events.

9. Security.

There’s a lot of weird geeky stuff here, such as capturing IP addresses I’ve used, and locations I’ve been at when using them.

10. Ads.

This one is fun. It shows a list of every advertiser who nows have my contact info. Here’s my list:

Advertisers with your contact info
RCG Global Services, Inc.
Safir Consulting
KILOUTOU
InterimWorX B.V.
SFR
Zicht Adviseurs
AFD.Tech
Icebreaking Recruitment
Skillink cabinet de recrutement digital
Kele, Inc.
Infracom
SABO AB
UGI Energy Services
Spotify
KONE Sverige
ISAGRI
WFM People Nederland
Sally Beauty
Helder Recruitment
TeamQ14
Talent Enterprise bv
Monster
Jobba hos Keolis Sverige
American Family Insurance-Careers
FRIS
Alito People
Aprico Consultants
Georgia Department of Revenue
SYKES USA
Parkwood International
CT Imago
People First (Recruitment) Ltd
ASI Corp.
Concept Services
Independer.nl
Quantore
Bleiken
Interplace, Inc.
Best Buy
Folksam
DIVERSANT
MonsterTest
AMatch Detachering
Ipro Tech
Royal United Mortgage LLC NMLS #13390
CGI Nederland
Hayward Miller Ltd
DAF Sverige
Heritage Bank
Target
kWh People
Saber Healthcare Group
Dfind it
TJFACT – Totally Joined for Achieving Collaborative Techniques
American Express
Städtische Werke AG, Naturstrom und Naturgas vom Stadtwerk aus Kassel
Stars Behavioral Health Group
Jongeneel
Coolworld Rentals
Equipment Depot
Flight Centre Canada
Prevas AB
Paslode Spit UK
Wallace Hind Selection LLP
MCA Ingénierie
State Farm
Spirit Hosting & Promotions
Parsons Corporation
OBH Nordica Sverige
Brandwise Group
FutureYou
Jobforward
DLT Solutions
Axecibles
CallTower
Richards Building Supply
Eaton
ISS Sverige
Evoqua Water Technologies
Denovo Amsterdam
Kuribay
De Koning Uitzendbureau
Silgan Containers
MGEN
LKQ Corporation
Anticimex
Total Motion Vehicle Management
IHerb Careers
Physicians Mutual
Career Movement
Spacelabs Healthcare
Infotel
Condesign AB
Medical Specialties Distributors, LLC (MSD)
Nigel Wright Group
Offiss
Logent
ISSY Personal och Rekrytering
Hunter Engineering Company Corporate
Menasha Corporation
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Careers
Hunteo
Johnson Health Tech North America
Espace Aubade
Nespresso
Bojangles’
Nuon Sales Force
ARAG
Wise F&I LLC
Ntelicor
RCN
Ige+xao Group
Financial Search Group
Uber
Elis
Long Beach Transit
Maxflex BV
INDUS Technology-Jobs
WFA Staffing Group
Etappe Uitzendbureau
Groupe DFM
Waste Management
Men’s Wearhouse
Hallo Franchise
CareerBoutique
Systematix
Het Kadaster
CGI UK Careers
HBS Consulting
Careers at Dell
The HT Group
Careers at Blue Lynx
HHT Careers
Menü-Manufaktur Hofmann
Silicon Refractory Anchoring Solutions
Michael Page – USA
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Netherlands
Booz Allen Hamilton
Consumer Hub Ltd
CLS Services
Finders Arbeidsmarktcommunicatie
Atos France
Keeling Company
Virtusa
Trend People
LEF Recruitment
Hypertherm Careers and Jobs
Evonik
Pipestock Ltd
eBay
Volvo Cars
CS Communication & Systèmes
Ecoburotic
UBN Uitzendbureau
Excent Tandtechniek
Prestige Staffing
CGT Caterpillar
Quicken Loans Careers
ImpressiveGreenApple
Aegistech Inc.
Sesmento Selectiekantoor
Inrego AB
VDL Bus & Coach Sweden AB
JobHat.com
Resource Staffing
P & I – Power & Installation
Synopsys Careers
Corinium Language Associates
Säljpoolen i Sverige AB
Aquasud
Uber Eats
L.A. BioMed
Heisterkamp Groep
BDO USA, LLP
HUMAN-CAPiTAL
TEFL Heaven – Teach English Abroad
02dege
Coca-Cola European Partners Sverige
Jobba på trafikförvaltningen SLL
Renewi NL Zuid
comScore, Inc.

11. Applications.

Simply a list of any applications I’ve linked to Facebook.

I’m pretty creeped out now, and I have no idea how to get rid of this data. Even deleting Facebook entirely, which I can’t do because of my work, there’s no guarantee it will delete your data (I’ll bet it doesn’t). How do I unlink my phone? And it doesn’t matter anyway, Facebook already has my entire address book and all my doctors and everyone else.

This is far creepier than I expected.

Source: AMERICAblog NewsAMERICAblog News

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