In this video, I downloaded all of my data for Facebook Google & Snapchat. These companies had over 200GB of data on file about me between these three services. They all collect information on your location and your interests to better serve ads and monetize your attention.
If you are interested in how to download your data too and have a look into the shocking amount of data they have about you. All the links you need are below.
They Collect Everything
When combing thought the data it was very shocking to see the amount of detail the these companies keep and how long they kept the information some up to 8 years of location history including workouts, steps and calories burned.
One of the most interesting aspects was the data on your intrests or advertising profile. This was usually a list of all the thing they thing you are interesrted in including past searches and interactions on the platform.
Snapchat even kept a list of the site you have visited through their browser like your browsing history on chrome or another browser with no way to delete it that I could see.
Location information was a massive part of some of these data packages. Facebook had the most data with your updated location minute by minute. I was confused as to why they kept this and what benefit it had to the company in terms of income. Location-based advertising is a lucrative business but does it need to be as detailed as we have seen here. I suppose if they are already collecting some of your information they may as well get it all.
All this information is clearly used to target the most relevant ads and content to you and keep you on the platform. It is clearly working well for them and I can only see the amount of information growing in the coming years.
Unfortunately, if you use these services there is not a lot that you can do to prevent this as you are login in and willingly allowing these companies access.
Try It For Yourself
All these links below will take you to the website that I have used in this research. If you are interested in another service is usually as easy as heading to the setting, privacy and selecting “My Data” and downloading it. If that doesn’t work just GOOGLE IT!!
Google – https://takeout.google.com/?pli=1
Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/50191/accessing-your-account-data?lang=en
Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/privacycentral/dsar/preview.html
Reddit – https://www.reddithelp.com/en/categories/privacy-security/accessing-your-reddit-data/where-and-how-can-i-access-my-reddit-data