Facebook is not a dating site

And more than 18 million people visited or “liked” a brand’s page after learning that friends had done so, our survey suggests.

You shouldn’t be surprised to see ads in the margins for football tickets, fan paraphernalia, and the like.

Given the differing protections, it’s worthwhile to ask what data Facebook actually keeps about you. Even Facebook's “Download Your Information” tool yielded only part of your personal file. Schrems was surprised to discover, among the 1,222 pages of data covering three years of Facebook activity, not only deleted wall posts and messages, some with sensitive personal information, but e-mail addresses he’d deleted and names he’d removed from his friends list.

We know that thanks in large part to Max Schrems, a 24-year-old Austrian law student who managed to get a fuller copy of his personal information last year from Facebook's Dublin office, which oversees relations with users outside the U. Schrems formed an activist group called Europe-v-Facebook.org, which posts redacted copies of the files he and others have freed from Facebook.

“Yes, people have lost jobs because of things they have posted on Facebook, but you can also end up getting jobs and making all kinds of great connections because you’ve posted about your passions.” In Europe, companies must notify consumers before collecting their data, and people have the right to obtain and correct copies of their information.

The European Commission recently proposed even tighter rules that would require explicit “opt-in” consent before data were gathered and let you order that your data be permanently deleted—a provision known as the “right to be forgotten.” In the U.

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