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Apr 12, 2001

Facebook is today rolling out an update for its "Access Your Information" tool to make it easier to use and to better explain how data is used, reports TechCrunch.


"Access Your Information" provides a detailed look at the information about you that's shared on Facebook. The updated version is organized into eight categories: Your Activity Across Facebook, Personal Information, Friends and Followers, Logged Information, Security and Login Information, Apps and Websites off of Facebook, Ads Information, and Preferences.

Inside of each category, information is organized into subcategories to make it easier to find the data that you're looking for, with the tool also able to be used to remove data.

Search functionality is now included so you can find something specific like "location," and there's more information on how Facebook uses data to personalize the Facebook experience.

As TechCrunch points out, the launch of the updated tool comes as Apple is requiring apps like Facebook to provide a detailed list of the personal data that's collected, and it has been released just ahead of when Apple will begin requiring Facebook and other apps to obtain express user permission before tracking them.

"Access Your Information" can be found in the Facebook iOS app by accessing the Settings & Privacy section, choosing Settings, and scrolling down to the "Access Your Information" setting. The feature will expand to the desktop in the future.

Article Link: Facebook Updates 'Access Your Information' Tool for Data Management


macrumors 65816
Jan 29, 2003
Facebook is a voluntary 1984esque tool that people have voluntarily signed up for. The authoritarians, whether fascist, socialist, communist or other totalitarian, love knowing everything about everyone. It gives them control, power and the ability to take a percentage off the top. Being able to shut dissent down and enforce an anti-liberty world view is key to their power.

Lack of privacy is all about them, not us.


macrumors 68030
Sep 3, 2011
IG is a different platform though. Yes, it's under Facebook but totally different platform

LOL at the #hashtag
You’re thinking about it the wrong way. The issue is the privacy practices, data collection, and methodology is likely 100% identical. That’s the reason it’s important to compare them, not that they have differences as social media platforms to the end user.


macrumors 6502
Jun 5, 2013
The feature will be available on desktop soon? So I have to download the app just to change my settings?


macrumors 68020
Nov 23, 2014
Exactly. Facebook shouldn't whine about being called out for data collection. They should explain what they collect, and why/how it is used...

...and then let people decide if they want to continue using Facebook or not.

*not sure if Facebook is explaining everything in this info page, but at least they are being transparent(-ish?)
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