15 votes

Facebook’s Clear History tool is now available to everyone

8 comments

  1. matteron
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    Here's a direct link to the setting I was not aware at the amount of data aggregation that facebook was doing. I had no idea they had this much access to random bits of data.

    Here's a direct link to the setting

    I was not aware at the amount of data aggregation that facebook was doing. I had no idea they had this much access to random bits of data.

    7 votes
  2. sron
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    Everyone? Even if you... don't have Facebook? They probably still track you even if you don't have an account and without one you can't switch this setting to tell them not to. Not that it'll do...

    Everyone? Even if you... don't have Facebook? They probably still track you even if you don't have an account and without one you can't switch this setting to tell them not to. Not that it'll do much anyway, but that's not the point.

    How is this legal in Europe? Unless I'm missing something, without an account there's no way to do any of these things.

    4 votes
  3. chkiss
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    Scrolled all the way down. Oldest entity listed? equifaxbreachsettlement.com.

    Scrolled all the way down. Oldest entity listed?

    equifaxbreachsettlement.com.

    1 vote
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    suspended
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    Why not just leave Facebook altogether? That place is a dumpster fire.

    Why not just leave Facebook altogether? That place is a dumpster fire.

    7 votes
    1. skybrian
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      I don't think it's necessary or wise to delete your Facebook account since it's sometimes a useful way to reach some of the people you know? Removing it from your phone and not using it regularly...

      I don't think it's necessary or wise to delete your Facebook account since it's sometimes a useful way to reach some of the people you know? Removing it from your phone and not using it regularly seems good enough?

      I find I do that pretty naturally on LinkedIn. Yes, my resume is there, gathering dust. That doesn't mean I use it.

      6 votes
    2. Diet_Coke
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      I've had a Facebook since 2006, and it's the easiest way to see updates from my family and the group of friends that I've mostly lost touch with over the years. Sometimes it's a source of...

      I've had a Facebook since 2006, and it's the easiest way to see updates from my family and the group of friends that I've mostly lost touch with over the years. Sometimes it's a source of happiness or schadenfreude. Once in a while it's annoying, if I comment on the wrong local newspaper story and get into an argument. Every once in a blue moon someone will share a legitimately interesting article or I'll see some local news that would otherwise not hit my radar.

      I've never had the app on my phone, which is where a lot of the extra creepy data collection comes from. Outright deleting it seems like throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

      2 votes