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Facebook: Friend or Foe?

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What happened?
Facebook’s data privacy practices were exploited by a UK-based data firm. The result: More than 50 million U.S. users’ personal information was compromised (or “scraped”), leading to calls for reform from founder Mark Zuckerberg by governments, news outlets, and individual account holders. While the outcry over company policies and leaked corporate memos is bringing changes to its practices, this is not the first crisis over privacy and data mining Facebook has had since its 2004 launch. View a timeline of their privacy issues here.

What can you do about it?
Download a copy of everything Facebook has on you by visiting the ‘Settings’ tab on your account. You can also delete some or all contacts from your page on this tab as well. Consider reviewing the ‘Preferences’ page to take yourself off of customer lists for advertisers. UFIT recommends a thorough examination of all your Facebook settings so you know what personal information you’re giving away to third party apps and advertisers.

UFIT takes your privacy seriously! Our Facebook page does NOT utilize any of Facebook’s partner apps or allow others to pay us a fee to scrape user data. Learn more about protecting your personal information on the ISO’s https://security.ufl.edu/welcome/page.