Why should I delete my data from social media companies?
If you want to stop your personal data being sold on and negatively impacting your life, you should send social media companies a deletion request.
Personal data that social media companies typically store:
- Name and address
- Tastes and habits
- Contact details
- Cookies & IP address
- Economic, social and cultural information
While many social media companies collect the information above, some go further, like Facebook. Your age, relationship status, employer, location and friends is only the start.
Personal data that Facebook stores
- Your biometric facial data (facial recognition material)
- Your activity on other sites and apps, and continuously tracks this
- Your categorised behaviour, like your politics and spending habits
We know that Facebook has been at the centre of data scandals before, like Cambridge Analytica, as well as allowing other companies to 'scrape' information from their users. Clearview AI for example, source their photos for their facial recognition software from Facebook: they had a data breach earlier this year.
The type of personal data stored and collected by social media is much more sensitive than first appears. If you want to delete it, we've made sure you can with Rightly.
Personal data is any information that can directly or indirectly identify you as you. Think address, beliefs, and financial records.
How do I tell social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to delete my personal data?
The easiest way to delete your information is by sending a request through Rightly. Just pick from our list of social media websites and send a deletion request.
Bear in mind that this is a full deletion request. If you'd like to remove only part of your data with a social media company, it's best to do this using their privacy settings.
Can I delete my data if I’ve said they can use it in the past?
If you agreed to an organisation using your data but you’ve changed your mind, don’t worry! You can still ask them to delete your data.
What if I’m not sure if they have my data?
You can still ask them. If they don’t have it, they have to let you know.
How long until the social media company responds to my request?
After the company has received your request, they have to reply in full within 30 days, or give a valid reason for asking for an extension. This normally happens if you’ve got lots of data for them to go through.
Facebook is a good example – it can take up to 90 days for Facebook to delete your personal data. That’s because Facebook generates 4,000,000 gigabytes of new data every day!
If this happens, our support team is here to help.
We’re free because our mission is to make data fairer, for everyone.
This means that our services operate on a not-for-profit basis. It also means that there are no adverts or hidden costs, and that we’ll never, ever sell your data.
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