By Peter McLaren-Kennedy • 09 November 2022 • 17:01
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Malwarebytes the virus protection company shared details on how to do this on Wednesday, November 9, saying that everyone who wants to protect their personal contact details should take action to do so.
As usual Facebook has not made the information on how to do this easy to find, but perhaps more importantly is you will be surprised to find out what they do know about you.
Not only may you have provided some of this information when registering, you many have done so inadvertently or someone else may have loaded your details without realising that Facebook, Instagram and Messenger would pick these up.
One of the ways this happens is when people click the “share address book.” That they say is to allow them to let you know who of those in your contacts are also on social media, however, that data isn’t just used for that purpose but depending on how it’s loaded can be searchable by others not in your contacts.
But even if you don’t have Facebook, they can still get your details because of someone clicking share address book.
So how do you remove the information?
Want to delete your email and phone number from Facebook, then so and do it now. After all Meta should never have collected this data in the first place and although it is their responsibility to do so, it is unlikely they will.
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Originally from South Africa, Peter is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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