Facebook is so creepy it buys credit reports on its users

The short version: Facebook uses the data you give it to request offline information about you from information brokerage firms. There’s a lot of information that FB can gather about you that way, often related to your credit history. While it’s in theory possible to opt-out of that sort of information gathering, Facebook requires that you tell their third-party information providers not to send your data to Facebook, rather than telling Facebook not to request that data about you. It’s in theory possible but:

One of us actually tried to do what Facebook suggests. While writing a book about privacy in 2013, reporter Julia Angwin tried to opt out from as many data brokers as she could. Of the 92 brokers she identified that accepted opt-outs, 65 of them required her to submit a form of identification such as a driver’s license. In the end, she could not remove her data from the majority of providers

The full story at ProPublica is great. You should read it.

Published by bjkraal

I'm an Experience Designer from Brisbane, Australia. I use design to make better ways for people to work and play.

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