In an effort to be more transparent about its privacy efforts, Facebook announced that it has added several new categories to its Download Your Information feature.
Download Your Information — which can be found under your Facebook Account Settings — enables you to download an archive of your entire account history. Introduced in October 20120, this feature includes photos, posts, messages, friend lists, and chats.
Starting today, Facebook is gradually rolling out an update that will include previous names, friend requests, and even IP addresses you logged in from, giving you the ability to review when and where you accessed your account from.
The social network was careful to note that it will not download friends’ photos or status updates or any other individual’s personal information. Additionally, you won’t be able to back up comments made on other people’s posts.
Facebook has continuously come under fire regarding its efforts to protect member information. While this is far from a solution, it helps you to understand exactly what you’re sharing with the website.
Jennifer Beese: Jennifer Beese has worked as a community manager and social media strategist. When she’s not writing, you can find her studying anatomy and physiology—she literally has a skeleton in her closet—or under the stars with her telescope.