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How to stop Facebook from tracking you

Here's how in a few simple steps you can stop Facebook from collecting your personal data and daily usage data on Android and iOS. Facebook has been under the scanner for how it handles the private data of its users since its Cambridge Analytica scandal. The company is also facing heat for WhatsApp‘s privacy policy that states that user data will be shared

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Facebook has been under the scanner for how it handles the private data of its users since its Cambridge Analytica scandal. The company is also facing heat for WhatsApp‘s privacy policy that states that user data will be shared across all of its apps. Another Facebook feature that raises privacy concerns is its ‘off-Facebook activity-tracking feature’, which tracks users app and website usage on their devices. If you are among those wanting to keep your life private from the social media giant, there are a few Facebook settings that you need to change to stop it from tracking your activity. We take a look in detail how you can stop Facebook from tracking your online activity. Also Read - WhatsApp Out-Of-Bounds read-write vulnerability: How it could have led to sensitive data leakage

What data does Facebook collect?

Before we start detailing how to stop Facebook from tracking your online activity, let’s take a look at what all data does the social media giant actually collects from you. Also Read - Instagram down: The photo sharing app is not working for users globally

First and foremost, Facebook tracks your basic usage patterns like when did you open one of its apps or websites, what device did you use to do so, searched for an item, what item you added to a wishlist or cart, made a purchase or donation, and what did you browse. It also keeps a track of your contacts, search history, ads or products you interact with, precise location, physical address and more. Also Read - WhatsApp banned 30,27,000 accounts in India between June 16 - July 31: Know the reason

How to stop Facebook from tracking your online activities on Android/iOS

Step 1: Open the Facebook app and tap the more options menu located on the top right corner on Android and on the bottom in iOS, respectively.

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on the ‘Settings and Privacy’ option.

Step 3: Open the Settings panel and head over into the ‘Apps and notifications’ section.

Step 4: Tap on Facebook and then open the Permissions tab.

Step 5: Refuse permissions for all settings.

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Facebook tracks your basic usage patterns like when did you open one of its apps or websites, what device did you use to do so, searched for an item, what item you added to a wishlist or cart, made a purchase or donation and what did you browse. (Screenshot)

How to stop off-Facebook activity tracking on Android/iOS

Step 1: Open the Facebook app and tap on the More Settings hamburger icon on the top right corner on Android and on the bottom in iOS.

Step 2: Open the ‘Settings and Privacy’ tab.

Step 3: Tap on Settings.

Step 4: Now tap on off-Facebook Activity.

Step 5: Now tap on the ‘Clear History’ option to ensure that Facebook wipes off all your data.

Step 6: Now disable the option.

After you disable the option, you will stop receiving personalised advertisements based on your daily online activity. Note, that even if you have followed all of these steps, does not guarantee that Facebook will stop tracking you completely. It will keep on tracking your daily basic usage inside of its apps like log in sessions, time spent and more.

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