Those Facebook Quizzes are Destroying Your Privacy

December 23, 2015

You know those little quizzes that flood your Facebook feed every day? You need to stop participating in them right away if you happen to hold your privacy in any kind of regard. Companies and groups (both legit and malicious alike) use them to collect any and all information from not only what’s publicly available on your profile, but the stuff that you assume is hidden as well.

 

You might think that talking about Facebook and privacy in the same breath is a little odd. The two just don’t go hand in hand, surely? Trying to use Facebook whilst maintaining your privacy is an exercise in futility, right? Well, yes, it’s certainly true that hitting a social network is not the thing to do if you want to fly under the radar, but many people do not realize just how easy it is to unwittingly hand over reams of personal information to companies and persons unknown.

While a majority of users are aware that anything they post -- essentially -- becomes Facebook's property, and can be exploited in a variety of ways. Anything shared to the social network can be used to dig up an ever-more accurate picture of who you are, where you are, what you do, what you like, and who you know. Quizzes, personality tests, friend comparisons, and year in review apps, however, are blackholes for personal data -- and the huge range of apps from Meaww have been singled out as being a major cause for concern. Read More

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