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How to stop Facebook harvesting your data

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I was part of the .edu email only crowd when facebook was newish
Yup. I remember that. My friend showed it to me when he went to ball state. I tried to get in it, but school wasnt "supported" then.
 
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I don't get people. Just don't supply your data. Facebook is not forcing you to give them private info. People like doing job, college, home, birthday, etc, etc but you don't HAVE to put that in.
I've heard Facebook is now demanding to use real names now as well as providing phone number. I know that wasn't the case few years ago.
 
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I've heard Facebook is now demanding to use real names now as well as providing phone number. I know that wasn't the case few years ago.
dont people use their real names now? And you currently have the option of providing your phone # if you want but you dont have too.
 
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Well, in the past you could use an alias. Then Facebook started cracking down on those and you HAD to use real name. No sure how they were enforcing it or when it became a rule. I'm not on Facebook so I wouldn't know exactly.
 

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Im sure my brothers name on facebook is Mustapha Dump
 
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I've heard Facebook is now demanding to use real names now as well as providing phone number. I know that wasn't the case few years ago.
Same with Google.

All these tech giants are the same. You just get to choose which one to collect your data.

Honestly this whole "#deletefacebook" is way too overblown. As long as one is connected to the web these tech companies WILL find ways to collect your data.
 
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I wish I could have saved the emails I got from facebook when I was banned, the the gist of their policy is that any data you entered on "their" website pages is considered their property to do with as they want. That policy may have changed since FB is now publicly traded, but I'm sure that a silimar policy is kept hidden somewhere if its not in the EULA.

What many not understand is that FB's view on privacy is that your data is more like a shared bank account, its yours but its also theirs. Their take on privacy is keeping your information from your neighbors while at the same time allowed those same neighbors to buy a "washed" version of your data.
 
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The day after my cousin's funeral, some scam artist called my aunt pretending to be me, needing bailout money for a DUI. Apparently these people "friend" anyone they can, and then look for funeral posts so they can target grieving widows and mothers while their defenses are down. A couple of nieces and cousins had put together a detailed Facebook page about it, including who all the survivors were and even what they did for a living! They were thanked profusely by his widow and his mother for all their efforts - until it got used to try scamming them! When will people learn?
 
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I knew someone who posted on Facebook they are leaving for long holidays somewhere far away from home. Their home was then burgled during this time. Cops and insurance later found out they let everyone know they won't be home for long time. LOL. This is elementary mistake people make.
 
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Well, in the past you could use an alias. Then Facebook started cracking down on those and you HAD to use real name. No sure how they were enforcing it or when it became a rule. I'm not on Facebook so I wouldn't know exactly.
How they enforced it was total block of using FB except to upload a picture of your photo ID (in my case it was my Drivers License) to prove who you are and then you had to wait for them to unlock your FB page and I can tell you I wasn't friggin happy about it either and had some good arguments with them over it as everyone who was in my friends list knew me personally I didn't see why I had to use my real name
 
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If you want privacy don't use internet.
 
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How they enforced it was total block of using FB except to upload a picture of your photo ID (in my case it was my Drivers License) to prove who you are and then you had to wait for them to unlock your FB page and I can tell you I wasn't friggin happy about it either and had some good arguments with them over it as everyone who was in my friends list knew me personally I didn't see why I had to use my real name
This is why I'm still on Twitter. The moment they'll demand pictures of ID's or real names, I'll stop using it.

If you want privacy don't use internet.
Not entirely true. Avoiding social networks, not using free e-mail services that trade your personal data for being free, not posting your real personal data and using filter lists and tracking blockers, not posting things about your life that could be personally identifiable.

What is a bigger problem is people posting info about you online, posting your photos, tagging you on them by name etc. That's what's of greater concern really. You can live in a forest without any internet and your face with a name can end up online because some idiot posted it there without your approval. I really hate people who do this. It's freaking low and irresponsible.
 
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yes i read about that this morning was going to post something but seeing as i dont have F***Book i went back to bed
ta anyway
d at a Better to haw it. Who knows what Android 5.1 has been collected, these phones is not protected at all from facebook and google.
 
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And if you want a smartphone, you really don't have any choice. It's either Android or iOS. Neither of which I'd trust.

How is Blackberry? They now run Android flavor, but is it a custom thing where they cut out all the data harvesting shit given how security and privacy focused they've always been or do they just have vanilla Android and some of their apps on top? Might look at Blackberry next time given I ditched nearly all Google services, but I still want a big screen device with reasonably good camera...
 
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