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How to stop Facebook from sharing?

How to stop Facebook sharing your personal info

Tech companies can and should do more to protect users, including giving users far more control over what data is collected and how that data is used.

That starts with meaningful transparency and allowing truly independent researchers—with no bottom line or corporate interest—access to work with, black-box test, and audit their systems.

Finally, users need to be able to leave when a platform isn’t serving them — and take their data with them when they do.

Of course, you could choose to leave Facebook entirely, but for many that is not a viable solution.

How to opt out of Facebook’s Platform data sharing

Unfortunately. For now, if you’d like keep your data from going through Facebook’s API, you can take control of your privacy settings.

Keep in mind that this disables ALL platform apps (like Farmville, Twitter, or Instagram) and you will not be able to log into sites using your Facebook login.

Log into Facebook and visit the App Settings page (or go there manually via the Settings Menu > Apps).

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From there, click the “Edit” button under “Apps, Websites and Plugins.” Click “Disable Platform.”

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If disabling platform entirely is too much, there is another setting that can help: limiting the personal information accessible by apps that others use.

By default, other people who can see your info can bring it with them when they use apps, and your info becomes available to those apps. You can limit this as follows.

From the same page, click “Edit” under “Apps Others Use.” Then uncheck the types of information that you don’t want others’ apps to be able to access. For most people reading this post, that will mean unchecking every category.

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How to opt out of Facebook data sharing

Facebook and other companies often buy data from data brokers in order to sell advertisers more targeted ad space on their platforms.

Here is how to keep your data safe.

Facebook knows a lot about you. If you have ever been creeped out by a scarily on-point ad, while visiting Facebook that is why. But some of you might wonder where Facebook gets its data. The answer is simple: data brokers.

A data broker collects your information from various sources and depending on the broker in question, this information could come from online, offline, or both. Whenever you make a purchase online or utilize your grocery store's loyalty card, the data on your purchases is collected by at least one company.

Facebook buys this data and, letting advertisers use it to more specifically target ads towards you.

Though Facebook says that the data brokers anonymize what they collect, the details can still be matched against your Facebook profile, building for Facebook and its advertisers a complete picture of who you are.

There is some good news here, though. You can opt-out of this sort of data collection at a lot of data brokers including the companies with which Facebook has partnered. And you can do this on top of using security features such as limiting ad tracking on devices like your iPhone and iPad.

Who has your data?

Right now, Facebook lists seven companies as "Audience Data Providers" on its Marketing Partners Program.

These companies currently provide data to Facebook from around the world:

  1. Acxiom
  2. Epsilon
  3. Experian
  4. Oracle Data Cloud
  5. Quantium
  6. KBM Group
  7. CCC Marketing

The bad news is that these companies are Facebook's partners for now. The social network sometimes rotates between different data providers, meaning that if another company starts providing its data to Facebook, you will probably want to opt-out of them, as well.

How to remove your data from or stop tracking by Facebook's data providers

In your quest to wrench your data from the grips of these data brokers, know that it will take a while. One thing in common with all of these companies is that you will need to specify exactly what you want to be left out of any data collection, including your name, phone number, and any email addresses.

Here is how to suppress your data or prevent tracking at the Facebook data partners that provide such tools:

Acxiom

In addition to options for opting out of data collection by phone or mail, Acxiom provides an online form that you can fill out in order to prevent your data from being collected.

Note that this opt-out form covers only one identity at a time.

  1. Head to https://isapps.acxiom.com/optout/optout.aspx in your browser or choice.
  2. Click the checkboxes under the type of information that you want to remove (mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses) from Acxiom's data tracking under Acxiom Corporation’s Online Opt-Out.
  3. Choose who is the subject of this data removal: yourself, someone over whom you have guardianship, or a deceased family member.
  4. Click the green + sign on the box that says Full Names.
  5. Add your name to the fields presented to you that you want to be removed from Acxiom's data tracking.
  6. Click Add to complete adding the name to the opt-out list.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 to add more names to the list, including nicknames, former names, and married names. This list, like the other three, accepts up to 10 entries.
  8. Click the green + sign on the box that says Phone numbers.
  9. Add a phone number that you want to be removed from tracking.
  10. Click Add to add the phone number to your opt-out list.
  11. Repeat steps 8-10 to add more numbers to your list.
  12. Click the green + sign on the box that says Email Addresses.
  13. Add an email address that you want to be removed from tracking.
  14. Click Add to add the email address to your opt-out list.
  15. Repeat steps 12-14 to add more email addresses to your list
  16. Click the green + sign on the box that says Mailing Addresses.
  17. Add a mailing address that you want to be removed from tracking.
  18. Click Add to add the mailing address to your opt-out list.
  19. Repeat steps 15-17 to add more mailing addresses to your list.
  20. Click Submit.
  21. Enter the email address to which you would like Acxiom to send your opt-out confirmation.
  22. Click Submit. Acxiom will send you an email with a link you need to complete your opt-out request.
  23. Click the link in the email from Acxiom.
  24. Click Submit on the confirmation page.

The data you submitted on Axiom's forms should now be removed from Acxiom's marketing packages.

Epsilon

Contacting Epsilon to opt-out of its databases is all about direct mail. Epsilon does not actually own anything like email data, so all it can do is stop providing your name and mailing address to clients. In order to opt-out of mail from Epsilon clients, you will need to send an opt-out request to [email protected] and provide your full name and address for the opt-out procedure.

Experian

Ugh, Experian. This company offers its databases to clients for several different purposes and, as a result, has seven different products from which you might want your information removed. Some of these can be opted-out of by a link, while others require you to email, mail, or call in your opt-out request.

You can opt out of Experian's databases via link for the following services:

  • OmniActivation Strategic Services
  • Targeted Advertising
  • Partner Programs

On each of these pages, there will be a link labelled "Click here" that you can click to opt-out of the tracking performed for these services. Unfortunately, all this opt-out process does is embed a cookie in your browser so that Experian's trackers around the web knows not to track you. This means that the opt-out is only for activity performed in your current browser on your current computer.

If you want Experian to suppress the information that it has collected on you and continues to collect across its direct mail, telemarketing, and online targeted advertising services, you'll need to send an email containing all of the relevant information that you want suppressed to [email protected]

If you're looking to opt out of Experian's email marketing databases, you'll need to send an email from the address you want to opt out to [email protected], which will remove you from the company's permission-based email database used by Experian and its partners.

Finally, opt out of pre-approved offers like credit cards and insurance mailing lists by calling 1-888-567-8688.

Oracle Data Cloud

Like Experian, Oracle offers an opt-out cookie for its Internet Based Advertising product. This will prevent Oracle tools from tracking your activity in your current browser on your current machine.

Here is how to use it:

  1. Head to Oracle's Opt-Out Tool website.
  2. Click the big, orange Opt-Out button.

You can also opt-out of Oracle's offline marketing information collection. Follow these steps:

  1. Head to Oracle's offline opt-out website.
  2. Fill out the available form with your name, address, and email address.
  3. Click Submit.

Quantium

Quantium, compared to the rest of these companies, makes it fairly easy to opt-out of having your information shared with the company's partners, including Facebook. It provides a number of links that let you opt-out of being targeted by a Quantium partner's advertisers using Quantium-provided data.

For instance, opt out of Facebook ad targeting with these steps:

  1. Head to Quantium's Opt Out website
  2. Click Confirm under Facebook Targeted Advertising.

Like other services, this opt-out only applies to your current browser and computer, so you'll need to opt out again if and when you get a new machine or start using a new browser.

You can also click on the following links and follow the quick instructions to limit tracking in your browser on Quantium's partner sites:

  • News Corp
  • Adobe Targeted Advertising and Yahoo7
  • Quantcast

KBM Group

Like some of the others, KBM offers a cookie-based opt-out solution for your current web browser.

Follow these steps to activate it:

  1. Head over to the KBM Group Interactive Opt-Out website.
  2. Click the click here button on the line that begins. "To complete the opt-out process,".

If the opt-out it successful, you'll be taken to a screen that says so.

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