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Updated on January 11, 2011

Facebook recently updated it's sites privacy settings to allow sharing of your data(personal) with 3rd-party websites like CNN,yelp and so on.

In this development the 3rd party sites (allegedly) collect your data to personalize your experience. Also these non-facebook sites connect with your friends so that they can track what their friends are interested in.This could be dangerous since you don't know the eligibility of these companies(anyone can create a facebook application without any checks)and could lead to very bad things like theft.

These new settings are called "Instant personalization" and are automatically set which means right now your data is being shared and unknowingly to you.

So to opt out of this:

1. Go to Account>privacy settings

2. Under privacy settings click on "Edit your settings" which is in the Apps and websites section

3. In the Apps and applications look for "instant personalization" and click "edit settings"

4. In the new window that pops out "info accessible through your friends" ,read carefully and un-check whatever data you don't to share with the non-facebook sites.

5. When done Click on "Save changes".

And you're done and your safe:)



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    • dexixy profile image

      dexixy 6 years ago from Kampala

      Glad you found this useful CarolineVABC, and thanks for commenting

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      CarolineVABC 6 years ago from Castaic

      This is a great and very useful article!!! You are right that one can never be too careful these days when sharing personal information over any sites. Thank you for sharing such an informative hub. Keep writing. God bless!

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      dexixy 6 years ago from Kampala

      Your welcome Steven and thanks for stopping by and finding this helpful. Read those two hubs and they are great and have some shocking information,hope you don't mind too if i link them to this hub:>).

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      Steven Escareno 6 years ago

      Very informative hub, as you posted information that not even I was aware of about Facebook. Thanks a lot for publishing this. I hope you don't mind if I link your hub to mine, as i too wrote about some of the online dangers of facebook. don't worry, i promise to give you proper credit, as im just going to link your hub to mine. anyways, thanks for the great read. :)

      here's the links if you want to check it out