Regret Facebook? Hereís an escape route.
2013-03-19 0:00

By Elizabeth Leafloor | Red Ice Creations

Although people are becoming more aware of the disturbing aspects of facial recognition software in general, and Facebookís dogged attacks on personal privacy in particular, the masses are still either quite apathetic or ignorant of the dangers.

We have shown in past how these technologies can and do gather vast databases of information over which you have little to no control. This wealth of information can be sold, distributed, and shared with anyone THEY choose.

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Is it paranoia if they really are watching you?

While some suggest that Facebook itself might be losing members (Is the age of brag over? Why Facebook might be losing teens), that doesnít diminish the point that if you use Facebook or other social networking services, you should be vigilant and ensure your privacy (such as it is online) is secured.

Facebook is often singled out as a whipping boy for the ills of online social networking and the privacy concerns that go with it. Thereís no doubt, and the majority seems to agree, that Facebook is a useful tool for social interaction, instant communication, sharing, networking, and information gathering. Such tools are vital for communities of people who need to let their truth and messages be heard and shared in a way that didnít exist before, and shapes our world today. This is excellent.

However for those who wish theyíd never joined in the first place, here is some advice on how to minimize exposure. Itís not easily done, as once Facebook has you itís slow to let go.

Careful, though! Apparently not using Facebook is ísuspicious behaviourí and a sign that you might be a mass murderer.

How to Strip Your Info From Facebook:
Facebook.. meh. Itís taken me almost a year to give them the slip, and THIS is how you do it!

1.) Shut off your wall, and put your privacy settings to maximum. You want to close down the ability for ANYONE on your friendsí list to add to it and keep it active. Why you do this becomes obvious later.

2.) Go through your profile and change every field youíd entered data in to question marks.. just four or five per..

3.) Logout and wait no less than THREE weeks. This give the Facebook servers time to float your new settings and profile data across their system.

4.) Once back in, start going down your activity feed and deleting posts. I did a ípageí every few days. Occasionally, a remove/delete request wonít go through, skip it and move on to the next. What that means is that their servers are busy, no big, you can get it later.

5.) Untag photos and remove any that youíve posted. Give ALL of this time - I worked out that two days between removal sessions seemed to be the trick.

6.) Go down your friendsí list and remove them LAST, only AFTER youíve cleared out the posts youíve made to that individual person on the list. If you íun-friendí someone before youíve deleted all your posts/replies you made on their walls, youíll not be able to delete the messages. Stay ífriendsí until youíve gotten all your posts/data off their page.

Once itís cleared out... bye!

The thing is, Facebook is designed so that when you log in, it will pull up data that youíve posted (or replied to in anotherís post) to put on your feed wall. As you scour down through the posts youíve made and clear them out, it will pull up older data.

You just have to give it time. Thereís really NO quick-flush button you can push on Facebook to purge your data.

You have to manually go in and get everything, but the cool bit is, if youíre diligent, you can use the very nature of how it works to your advantage.

Eventually youíll be getting at the posts you made on other peopleís walls or in reply to their pictures.. whatever, and then youíre into the part where you are rounding the corner on getting your data out.

You CAN remove 100% of your presence. Itís not what you have put on your page so much as itís the stuff youíve put on OTHER peopleís pages that keeps your information in their system.

Clear your posts and pages off first and the rest will come to you.

Youíll know youíre doing it right, when you login a few weeks after deleting everything and finally deleting your friends lists itís offering you random names of people you donít know to add to you ífriendsí list.. If youíre still seeing old ífriendsí, youíve got data, like a comment to a picture or a reply you made still remaining on their account somewhere.

Source: As written by commenter FoodAndArt for the article "Facebookís facial recognition system, why itís scary".

There are those who use the "If Iíve done nothing wrong, I have nothing to fear" from these information gathering systems.
The answer to that is simple: íwrongí is rarely defined by the people, and often defined by the state. THEY decide if youíre hiding something, even if you think itís innocuous and normal. Under that argument, if you have nothing to hide, you surely donít need four walls. Or privacy. Or due process.

"Give me three sentences written by the most innocent man, and I will find a reason to hang him."
-Cardinal Richelieu (1585-1642)

By Elizabeth Leafloor | Red Ice Creations

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