One Austrian Facebook user received 1,222 PDF files worth of his own virtual details in the mail
Sure, we know that Facebook has an unnervingly huge stash of knowledge on each of its users, but just what does all of that virtual activity add up to? One 24-year old in Austria had that reality check delivered — literally — after requesting a copy of all of the personal data that the social network had stored over the years. Facebook sent Vienna resident Max Schrems a CD stuffed with 1,222 massive PDF files worth of status updates, login info, Likes, and more.
The CD included a tome of info collecting "friend requests, former or alternative names and email addresses, employment and relationship statuses and photos, in some cases with their GPS locations included," not to mention plenty of data that Schrems was under the impression that he had deleted from Facebook entirely.
Unlike in the U.S., European Facebook users can legally request to have the company fork over the personal data it collects over time. In the U.K. and Ireland, the company is legally bound to mail out a CD likeRead More »from Facebook sends user a CD collecting his entire social networking history