Facebook knows who you’re calling
It’s not a secret to anyone anymore: Facebook tracks the shit out of people. But did you know just how much the company knows about you? The two documents – one with 225 pages that went to the Senate Judiciary Committee and one with 229 pages for the US Congress – were compiled by the company in order to answer the questions that came up in April over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. They give us a pretty good idea to what extent the company knows what we are doing. And it is shocking!
That Facebook tracks where you have been and from where you are using the app is nothing new. Neither is that it knows when you’ve been on the social network and for how long. And of course Facebook also knows whatever you choose to tell it – so when you fill in your religion, political views, and other things, it’s saved of course.
But did you know that Facebook also …
… knows who you are stalking online?
One of the questions asked at the hearing was if Facebook collects and permanently stores every search users make for another person on Facebook. And yes – it does. So if you have a crush or an ex-boyfriend and you are looking the person up repeatedly on the social network, Facebook knows about it.
… knows who you are calling?
Well, at least when you have an Android phone and decided to synch your contacts with Facebook. Then all your contacts as well as the call logs and even the SMS log history are recorded.
… monitors the signals of your device?
That includes Bluetooth and the nearby Wi-Fi access points. If there are any cell towers nearby, Facebook knows it as well. Together with your GPS-location (which is tracked as well) the network has a pretty good idea where you are at any given time.
… knows when you need to charge your phone?
Yes, Facebook knows when your battery is about to run out or if your device is fully charged – and of course any battery level in between. The same goes for your signal strength and the storage space you still have left. Your camera information and photos are also not safe from the company.
… probably knows more about your devices than you do?
The gathered information include your operation system, what browsers and plugins you use, and even what documents you have lying around on your PC. Other than that Facebook also knows the device ID / serial number of your device.
… tracks your every mouse movement?
According to the company this information helps the network to figure out if you are a robot or not. Another way it does that is by monitoring whether your browser window is in the foreground or background.
… knows where you’ve spent your money online?
At least if the page you are shopping on a page that allows you to “Login with Facebook” or includes a “Like” button. So if you buy a CD on a page that features the button, it is very likely that you’ll soon see some advertisement for the band on Facebook.
… also knows where you’ve spent your money offline?
Yes it’s true. If you go into a shop and buy something, the company can then decide to share these information with Facebook. This will help the network know if you purchased something based on some advertisement they ran.
This is quite a bit to swallow, isn’t it? Nonetheless, in the end this is just the tip of the iceberg and only what Facebook chose to disclose. Considering all that we found out in the last couple of weeks, no one and nothing is really safe from the social network’s greed for data.