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Keeping Facebook in a "Container" and keep your data safe

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Hina PandyaLondon, UK
Keeping Facebook in a "Container" and keep your data safe
Many people need to continue to use Facebook for their businesses or as a way to stay in touch with friends or family, so in this post #CambridgeAnalytica world, past changing settings on FB read this column to see what can you do to protect yourself in this third-party data gathering internet.

Its back to work today for many of us, and the #CambridgeAnalytica story continues to run. We're also hearing that Grindr is sharing peoples HIV status, and no doubt more will unfold.

So, keeping your data safe is starting to dawn on people, but past privacy settings which you may well be aware of now on Facebook, what can you do?

control more of your web activity from Facebook by isolating your identity into a separate container

Well for a start your browser is important, if you use Safari or Chrome, it's already gathering data about you, and then you're starting at a disadvantage.
Instead switch to using Firefox Mozilla as your default, a company that doesn't collect data about you and does what it can to allow a safe from data gathering user experience.

Mozilla have created a "Facebook Container Extension".
"This extension helps you control more of your web activity from Facebook by isolating your identity into a separate container. This makes it harder for Facebook to track your activity on other websites via third-party cookies."

It was these third-party cookies that were to blame for the data gathering, the seemingly innocuous quiz that required you to share the data of yours and your friends in order to tell you which city you'd like best. Who doesn't need an app to tell you that.

Now that Facebook is losing money, shareholders and credibility by allowing that to happen, there will probably be changes, but while you still need to use Facebook, click the link above and use the container.


##cambridgeanalytica, #facebook, #facebookcontainers, #Grindr, #data, #dataprivacy, #third-party trackers

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