Facebook Expands Download Your Info To Include Friend Requests & IP Addresses
After it came under fire for its privacy policies, which resulted in a 228 page report produced by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) in Ireland back in December, Facebook is slowly compiling with the different demands that was placed on them from the report, mainly the option of giving users control the information provided on the site, and now the information they can request.
Starting today, users will be able to download an expanded archive of their Facebook account history. The company has expanded ‘Download Your Information’ feature to include additional categories, such as previous names, friend requests you’ve made and IP addresses you logged in from.
Announcing it on their Facebook and Privacy page, the feature will be rolled out gradually to all users and Facebook say that further categories of information will be made available for download in the future. Originally, the option allowed users to download a copy of what they’ve shared on the site, including photos, posts, messages, their list of friends and chat conversations.
Facebook is pretty clear about to what’s the user can and can’t download; any data relating to your friends is not included in the archive; so data such as photos, status updates, their personal information and any comments that you made on someone else’s page is not available.
The update comes after news emerged that employers were asking for the passwords and login details of prospective employees and students, Facebook going as far as to threaten legal action against those who have demanded this. The Download Your Information option is available from your Facebook Account Settings and found in the general section.