How To Stop Facebook From Tracking Everything You Do [Facebook Weekly Tips]

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stop facebook trackingFacebook has basically made a business out of knowing as much as they can possibly find out about everyone. So, tracking your behaviour online and offline makes perfect sense to them. However, it might not seem that rosy to you. Sometimes, it’s nice to have a little privacy.

There are many ways Facebook is tracking you and it’s worth knowing how to block this tracking where possible and how to opt out when required. Sadly, it’s getting more and more complicated as time goes by. Here are the main ways Facebook keeps tabs on you and the best ways to stop them.

Facebook Connect

Facebook Connect is the proper way of describing how you log into various sites around the web using your Facebook login. Obviously, Facebook will be learning certain things about your web habits if you use Facebook Connect, so it’s best not to use it if you’re worried about how much Facebook knows about you. Each time you log into a site using Facebook Connect you essentially add that site’s app in Facebook. If you need more information on getting rid of Facebook applications, here’s an article on How To Remove Spam Apps & Ensure App Privacy.

Block Cookie Tracking

Facebook and many other social networks will often try to track you online by using cookies. It can even happen when you’re not logged into the site! However, it’s possible to block this tracking using several useful browser tools, such as Do Not Track Plus, Ghostery and Disconnect as noted in this article: How To Block Facebook And Other Social Networks From Tracking You Online.

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Opt-Out Of Data Collection From Third Parties

Facebook has recently teamed up with a U.S. data collection agency called Datalogix in order to track consumer buying habits offline and online, then match them to Facebook data via email addresses. It seems to be a process designed to give advertisers better feedback on actual sales, but it does seem to push the boundaries of most people’s privacy expectations. Privacy groups are in fact against this process, but it’s too early to say whether they will manage to stop this form of tracking altogether.

There are a couple of things you can do to eliminate this sort of tracking. Firstly, you could ensure that you use a different email address and phone number for Facebook than the one you use for online purchases or retailers doing market research. Secondly, you can opt out from third-party tracking.

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To opt-out of Datalogix tracking completely, which will cover the Facebook tracking among other things, head to their privacy page. Under the “Choice” heading, there’s an opt-out link for all Datalogix services which brings up the following form.

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You need to enter a small amount of information, but this will ensure that after a 30 day processing period you’re no longer tracked by Datalogix at all. I’m sure most privacy-conscious people would decide that it’s worth it.

Now, the big question is whether Facebook will be teaming up with similar third-party tracking agencies in other countries. If so, we may find ourselves having to opt-out of dozens of agencies across the world.

Should Facebook give us an opt-out for all tracking in the privacy controls? I certainly think so.

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Comments (25)
  • cyrice gein

    I know alot of people that have stopped using fb for many of these reasons and I always laugh because internet content is what you allow it to be. That’s the great thing about the internet at this moment, is the freedom to choose, which is unlike any other media out there. If you don’t like something you can change it. Keeping the internet free and out of government regulations is the most important thing that everyone needs to be concerned about. Great tips I will share with everyone.

  • Âdil Farôôq

    very informative article thanks

  • valentina podchasova

    Reading highly professional MUO articles i am thinking how happy i am to have come across this extremely helpful for me material ! This is just in time for me,the beginner!Being on FB i had a lot of questions the answers to which i have successfuly found here,thanks to you! Valentina Podchasova

  • amit gaurav

    Nice article.

    Though I feel that users knowingly or unknowingly put so much of data online that just by using the methods given above is not adequate. Moreover in this age of apps and social login it will be highly impossible to maintain privacy.

    Like everything this privacy blocking has its own positives and negatives.

    Will you not be happy when you get an email from unknown telling that the product that you were not aware or you were willing to buy but cannot afford is available and in EMIs or monthly installment and you get to buy the product without putting any additional effort.

    The best way is to limit the uploaded data, avoid social login, put profiles private if you are concerned about your privacy and the best way do not have online profiles.

    • Angela Alcorn

      Very true. But for now, we can at least try to make the companies that want to use us behave.

  • BHARAT LAL MEENA

    I like this

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