ergophobe - 5:45 pm on Feb 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
How much data does Facebook collect and keep about you? If you live in Europe, you can find out as Max Schrems did.
Schrems and a few of his friends made the request, and a few weeks later, received CDs from Facebook’s California office in the mail. Schrems, who has been on Facebook since 2008, had a file that was over 1,200 pages long, including everyone he had ever friended and de-friended, every event he had ever been invited to (and how he responded), a history of every “poke” he had ever received, a record of who else signed onto Facebook on the same computers as him, email addresses that he hadn’t provided for himself (but that must have been culled from his friends’ contact lists) and all of his past messages and chats, including some with the notation “deleted.”
Not in Europe? Schrems and a few others have provided Wikileaks-style redacted examples of the data that Facebook holds:
[europe-v-facebook.org...] (page all the way to the bottom for examples).