SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME
I read an article the other day that struck a chord.
In it the author said…
Meanwhile Facebook, like Amazon, either copies or buys out its competition, now owning the four most popular apps in the world — including Instagram and WhatsApp. These apps count 1/3 of the world’s populations as users who willingly share their data creating the world’s most effective and comprehensive surveillance apparatus — unmatched by any government agency.
It got me thinking.
How many data points does Facebook have on us?
I would think—quite a lot.
And when you compare that to what the FBI has on us.
It’s easy to see…
Facebook is an incredible surveillance apparatus.
It’s difficult to know exactly how much data Facebook collects since they are purposefully vague about it.
But from what I can figure out...
HERE’S A LIST OF THINGS FACEBOOK KNOWS ABOUT YOU
Where you were born
What city you live in
Who your relatives are
Who you’re in a relationship with
Who your friends are
Your level of education
Where you went to school
What language you speak
Your general income level
Your life events
What type of car you drive
What bank you use
What shows you watch on TV
The radio stations you listen to
Where you go
What events you’ve attended
What Facebook Groups you belong to
Where you work
Your cell phone number
What brand of cell phone you use
All of the contacts in your phone
Your call history
Every message you’ve sent or received
A list of all of the applications you have connected to your login
Access to your webcam on your mobile phone, computer, and devices
Access to the microphone on your mobile phone, computer, and devices
The files you download
The games you play
Your web browsing history
What type of advertising works on you
What your political stance is
What you clicked “Like” on
What sports teams you like
What reviews you’ve written
What you do on Instagram
What you do on WhatsApp
Your Facebook Payment history
Now, I’m sure there are several more things that Facebook knows about us.
Just digging a little deeper on just the items listed above would reveal more data points that we freely give to Facebook.
Now I don’t think when Facebook started that they thought they’d be more powerful than the FBI.
It just kind of happened.
AND SO HERE WE ARE…
All this data collected about us on a single platform.
I tend to think that we’re okay with giving our information out.
This issue here is that—We didn’t think our information would be used against us.
But it is.
And it was.
And so we have to decide if we’re okay with that.
As for me, I understand that my data points can help frame the things I see online.
And most of the time that’s fine.
But when I get pushed or offered something that I don’t want, I quickly say no thank you.
For example. if my feeds become filled with politics and arguments I’ll disengage.
It click nope, I’m not interested.
I don’t like it when Facebook gets ugly.
It’s not what I logged in for.
SO IS FACEBOOK DANGEROUS?
I think so.
But I’m not here to propose a solution.
At least not just yet.
And that’s because there are other entities that collect data on us as well.
Google, Amazon, your bank, your credit card company, the credit bureau, and the government.
Just to name a few.
And we give our information to them just as willingly.
Facebook isn’t the problem.
And until we figure ourselves out.
We’ll remain slaves in cyberspace.