Life Tech How to find out what Facebook knows about you
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How to find out what Facebook knows about you

The categories of data that Facebook receive, collect and save may change over time.
The categories of data that Facebook receive, collect and save may change over time. Photo: Getty
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After Cambridge Analytica obtained data from an estimation of 87 million Facebook users, Australia’s privacy and acting commissioner has launched an investigation into the breach.

“All organisations that are covered by the Privacy Act have obligations in relation to the personal information that they hold,” Acting Information and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said.

Many are worried about what is on their online profiles, after it was revealed that 311,127 Australians may have been effected by breach.

Due to the privacy breach of data, many have opted to delete their Facebook account.
Due to the privacy breach of data, many have opted to delete their Facebook account. Photo: Getty

What information does Facebook know about me?

They store a high amount of information from a profile. You can access this information from your activity log or downloaded data.

However, you will not find deleted information as it has been completely deleted from Facebook servers.

Facebook stores information from the following categories:

  • About me
  • Active sessions
  • Ads clicked
  • Address
  • Birthday
  • Check-ins
  • Credit cards
  • Connections
  • Deleted friends
  • Facial recognition data
  • Hidden from news feed
  • Hometown
  • IP addresses
  • Logins
  • Messages
  • Networks
  • Phone numbers
  • Political views
  • Privacy settings
  • Searches
  • Shares

How can I download my Facebook data?

Luckily, the social media site allows you to download the personal data from your account by accessing your profile and activity log.

However, you will not be able to access the information until a security check is completed.

Step 1: Click the down arrow at the top right of any Facebook page and select settings.

Step 2: Click into your General account settings and download a copy of your  data.

Step 3: Click Start my Archive

Step 4: Enter your  password

Step 5: Request a download

Step 6: An email with a link to download your information will sent to your inbox

Step 7: Download a copy of your information that you have shared on the site