In recent years, Facebook's name has become synonymous with scandals and data leaks. The social media network has a poor privacy record and although it has recently made some minimal effort to correct its mistakes, features like the recently introduced off-Facebook activity reveal just how much data it really harvests. The new tool finally gives you the opportunity to see what apps and websites interact with Facebook and what information they collect on you. Even if you are confidential, it is very likely that you will find that a large number of apps and websites collect data about you. This is why we have compiled a guide on how to use activity outside of Facebook and how to more effectively protect your data on the web and on your Android phone.
How to access and use activity outside of Facebook
Like many other Facebook privacy settings, the activity tool outside of Facebook is buried under a number of menus. The easiest way to access it and change your settings is to simply open this direct link on your PC. It gives you a summary of activities that companies share about you with Facebook. It can range from visiting a website and opening an app to purchases and donations. Usually, this information falls into the hands of the social network as companies use one of Facebook's various tools such as Facebook login or Facebook SDK. Despite what some companies may claim, any information you see via Off-Facebook Activity is personally identifiable to Facebook itself as it is directly connected to your profile.
<img class = "lazyload aligncenter wp-image-1085583" title = "Off Facebook activity Android app" src = "data: image / svg + xml,% 3Csvg% 20xmlns =% 22http: //www.w3.org/2000/svg%22%20viewBox=%220%200%201200%201240%22%3E%3C/svg%3E "data-src =" https: // cdn57. androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Off-Facebook-activity-Android-app-653×675.png "alt =" Off Facebook Activity Android App  When opening activity outside Facebook, you must click on the app / website icons to see a detailed summary of the activity shared with Facebook (you can also use this direct link), you will be asked to enter your password again, from there you can click on any app to see how many interactions it has had with Facebook Don't be surprised if you find games, fitness apps, and basically any shopping app you've ever used on the list, here's what you need to do to see exactly what inf ormation these apps shared with Facebook:
How to see your shared off-Facebook activity information
- Click on any app from the list.
- Open the drop-down menu with the number of interactions and scroll down.
- Click Download activity information which will take you to Download your information page .
- Select All My Data from the date range, HTML for Format and Low media quality (so your file can be downloaded faster). Click Create File .
- This process will take some time. Wait for Facebook to notify you that the file is ready for download.
- Unzip the file and open the directory Ads and Companies . Click on the file Your activity outside Facebook .
- Click on any app or website on the list to see when it has interacted with Facebook and what data it has shared.
Unfortunately, many apps will label some of the activity as custom. If you want to know what it means, the only way is to contact the company or app developer directly and request information.
It is also important to note that the list generated by Off -Facebook activity does not contain all your information. Later interactions, such as those that have happened in recent days, will take some time to show up. Activity older than 180 days will not be visible either. Facebook has also said that:
We get more information and activity than shown here. For technical and accuracy reasons, this list does not show all the activity we have received. Activity that is not displayed contains information we received when you are not logged in to Facebook or when we cannot confirm that you have previously used Facebook on that device. It also contains details like the item you added to your cart.
How do you protect your information on Facebook
So what can you do to protect yourself? One of the first steps you can take is to turn off future activity. You can do so by following this link. Unfortunately, the only thing this does is to disconnect future activities from your profile. This means that the information that Facebook has about you cannot be personally identified, but it is not a permanent solution. The company will continue to collect your data regardless.
How about deleting your profile and all Facebook apps from your phone? It's a good step, but not as effective as Facebook harvests information from non-users as well. However, if you live in the European Union, you have the right to request that social network data erase all information it has about you under the GDPR, especially if you no longer use its services.
Facebook collects data for non-users as well.
If you still need to use Facebook to stay in touch with family and friends, your best bet on Android is to use it through a privacy-oriented browser such as DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser or Firefox Focus. On PC you have even more options. One of the best is to use Firefox with its Facebook Container Extension. This will prevent Facebook from collecting activities from other websites you visit. You can also install other privacy plugins like HTTPS Everywhere, Ublock Origin (to advertise cookies) and even use Firefox's built-in options to block all third-party cookies.
Another simple but effective step toward protecting your data is not using apps and websites listed in your activity outside of Facebook. Although activity is usually collected for advertising purposes, given Facebook's track record of user data, this is not something to be taken lightly.
As an example, when we wrote this article, we discovered that the Clue Time Tracking app interacted with Facebook. No medical or other sensitive information was shared with the social network. But activities like when the app was opened and other custom activity (login and login) were shared with Facebook.
Now you know how to use off-Facebook activity that you might want to check out our main guide to other Facebook privacy settings. you have to change today here.