How to download your own Facebook data

Drive 28/03/2018
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We now know that Facebook has taken the information they have from us and used it through secondary apps to sell. We are Facebook’s product.

There's been a global outcry after it was revealed the personal information of up to 50 million Facebook users was sold to political analysis company Cambridge Analytica, which has been accused of meddling in elections across the world.

So what information do they have and how can we see it?

To find out Ryan Bridge and Lisa Owen speak to technology reporter Peter Griffin on RadioLIVE Drive.

There is a silver lining to Facebook's mass collection of data - you can easily download your own information.

  • Login to your Facebook account.
  • Click the small arrow on the right of the top menu bar.
  • Go to settings.
  • At the bottom of 'General Account Settings', click 'Download a copy of your Facebook data'.
  • Click the green 'Download Archive' button.
  • Enter your password.
  • A zip file will begin to download to your computer.

Once downloaded, you will be able to open all your messages, photos, and status updates.

You'll also be able to see a list of the topics you've shown interest in and ads you've clicked on.

Listen to the full interview with Peter Griffin above

Drive with Ryan Bridge and Lisa Owen, 3pm - 6pm Weekdays and streaming live on 'rova' channel 9 - available on Android and iPhone.