The 18 things you may not realize Facebook knows about you: Firm reveals the extent of its spying in a 454-page document to U.S. Congress

“The creepy ways Facebook spies on its users have been detailed in a bumper document presented to Congress,” The Daily Mail reports. “They include tracking mouse movements, logging battery levels and monitoring devices close to a user that are on the same network.”

“The 454-page report was created in response to questions Mark Zuckerberg was asked during his appearance before Congress in April. Lawmakers gave Zuckerberg a public grilling over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but he failed to answer many of their queries,” The Daily Mail reports. “The new report is Facebook’s attempt to address their questions, although it sheds little new light on the Cambridge Analytica scandal. However, it does contain multiple disclosures about the way Facebook collects data.”

“Some are unsurprising, such as the time people spend on Facebook, while others may come as a shock to the majority of users,” The Daily Mail reports. “Facebook watches the movements of your computer mouse on-screen when you are interacting with the social network. According to the company, this type of information ‘can help distinguish humans from bots.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we’ve written previously, “If you trust Mark Zuckerberg to be the keeper of your photos, contacts, political views, religious beliefs, etc., you’re batshit insane.”

Instant messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg during Facebook’s early days, reported by Business Insider, May 13, 2010:

Zuckerberg: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuckerberg: Just ask
Zuckerberg: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
Zuckerberg: People just submitted it.
Zuckerberg: I don’t know why.
Zuckerberg: They “trust me”
Zuckerberg: Dumb fucks

We use FaceBook as an RSS feed. Our CMS automatically reposts our article headlines and links them back to our website. That is our only interaction with Facebook and has been our only interaction with Facebook for years. We deleted our personal accounts [which we opened only so we could understand the Facebook phenomenon] many years ago.

If you want to share photos and videos with friends, text them using Apple’s end-to-end encrypted iMessage service. You need to control your social networking, not cede it to a gatekeeper like Facebook. – MacDailyNews, March 19, 2018

Facebook confirms sharing users’ personal data with Chinese companies – June 6, 2018
Apple’s macOS Mojave removes integration with third-party internet accounts like Facebook – June 6, 2018
Apple borks Facebook’s pervasive personal data-harvesting operation – June 5, 2018
Apple requested ‘zero’ personal data in deals with Facebook – CEO Tim Cook – June 5, 2018
Facebook CEO blasts Apple’s latest privacy protections as ‘cute virtue signaling’ – June 5, 2018

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


  1. I have a Facebook account. I really don’t care if Zuckerberg knows what products I buy, what porn I watch or who I vote for. In fact, I always post to MacDailyNews using my Real Name™. One thing that I don’t do is give online merchants my credit card number. I always use a Virtual Account Number, which is a service only offered by CitiBank and Bank of America. Sure do wish Costco and The Home Depot accepted ApplePay, however.

  2. I have a facebook account purely to be able to see comedy events. I don’t actually use it. Data issues aside it’s just so complicated I can’t be bothered with it.

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