Daily Archives: October 10, 2014
Posted by David Hablewitz
Wonder what data Facebook has on you? Follow these steps to download and view everything they know about you. I expect you’re going to be surprised. Here’s how:
1. Log in to https://www.facebook.com
2. Click on the settings icon in the top right of the page, then click on Settings in the pop down menu.
This will display the General Account Settings.
3. Click on the link “Download a copy of your Facebook data” located below the list of settings and step through the process.
Be prepared for this to take a long time. You probably have more data there than you realize. Seriously. (If you have the ability, connect your computer to your router via a network cable rather than wifi and it will go as much as 10x faster.)
4. Once you have downloaded the zip file containing your data, right click on the .zip file and extract the data.
5. Now take a look at the \html\ directory and double-click the files to view them in a browser.
You can see:
- The ads you have clicked in the ads.htm
- Your contacts that Facebook has harvested are listed in file.contact_info.htm
- In the friends.htm (You can even see all the people you have unfriended.)
- Every photo you uploaded
Many people are shocked by what they discover.
I still haven’t figured out how to delete all those contacts they have of mine. But when I do, I’ll let you know.