When Facebook critic Zamaan Qureshi discovered his data was included in the recent data breach that affected over 500 million users, he decided to find out exactly what Facebook knows about him. That’s why he downloaded his data through the Settings tab on the site and shared it for everyone to see.
According to the data, Facebook has been following Qureshi around the web for a long time. It knew what university he applied to, and even when he ordered pizza on the Domino’s Pizza app. Overall, it knew far more about him than he wanted, and he changed his settings to prevent it. Still, most users likely aren’t aware of how to do that. That’s what motivated Qureshi to share his story in the first place.
“I hope what my thread has done is show people what sort of data is being collected on them, even when they’re not on Facebook,” Qureshi said. “But at the end of the day, the problem is that [Facebook’s] business model is to monetize user information to maximize profit over privacy.”
“Being completely unaware of what was going on, but having that data collected, I just think is incredibly concerning,” he continued. “We are completely powerless to these tech giants that sort of have full control and a full social profile of who we are.”
Of course, he’s right — and the more people that wake up to this hard truth, the better.
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