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Facebook updates 'Download your information' with even more personal data

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For a while now, Facebook users concerned with knowing exactly what personal data lives on the social network can download a complete archive of photos, posts and messages from the "Download your information" page. Now Facebook adds to the available data with a list of IP addresses of your logins and friend requests made during your life on the site. 

In a blog post, Facebook announced:

Starting today, you will be able to download an expanded archive of your Facebook account history. ... Now you can access additional categories of information, including previous names, friend requests you've made and IP addresses you logged in from. This feature will be rolling out gradually to all users and more categories of information will be available for download in the future.

(Facebook points out that the feature still doesn't let you download "your friends' photos and status updates, other people's personal info and comments you've made on other people's posts.")

The 137 comments below this posting ranged from disgust to fear to some buried appreciation for having access to what, exactly, Facebook has stored.

Some saw its benefits: "Awesome!!!I use my FB as my online scrapbook so having access to things I have posted helps to re-inspire me," wrote one.

Those who didn't like what they were reading wrote comments such as these:

  • "I don't want to find more information I want to be able to hide what is already there!"
  • "So, this means all our informations never get deleted from your server. Good food for intelligence departments."
  • "When will we be able to purge our Facebook history?"
  • "I knew it, they keep all the information! They don't delete it when we "delete it" they hide it and save it somewhere I don't like this just like google they know everything about us."

Privacy concerns are nothing new when it comes to Facebook, which has been beset by them in their recent $1 billion acquisition of Instagram.

A few Facebook commenters tried to tamp down the panic by reminding people where all this information comes from: "If you don't want something to be used against you, don't blab it on Facebook. Not only is self-control a good thing, but so is the Fifth Amendment. We still have the right to remain silent and at times it is for the best. Use common sense."

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