There is a section on Facebook called “Activity outside Facebook”. This is nothing more or less information that the websites and applications you use share with the social network. Facebook uses this data to deliver targeted advertising to you. We explain how to stop (to a certain extent) this collection of information.
You’ve probably been following the controversy around WhatsApp and data sharing with Facebook. After a tidal wave of disputes, departures by thousands of users to competition like Signal and several press releases to try to clarify the situation, Facebook recently assured that the personal data of WhatsApp users would not be shared with the network social.
However, it turns out that this will not really be the case, since a journalist from BFM TV received confirmation from a source close to Facebook France that WhatsApp was going to share the information related to the phone number, to the IP address and transactions. But imagine that WhatsApp is far from being the only entity to share information about you with the social network.
This is because it is likely that a large number of apps and websites that you frequent will share data with Facebook. The company then uses it to offer personalized advertising always more relevant (depending on your tastes, habits, etc.). Fortunately, Facebook has set up a tab “Your activity outside of Facebook”Which makes it possible to stop this collection. Only, as you can imagine, the functionality is hard to find. We explain how to do it.
On the web version
First, log into your Facebook account on the web version and click on the arrow that points down, located in the upper right corner of the screen. Then you will have to go to Settings and privacy.
Once in the settings, go to the tab Your Facebook information. In this section, now click on the fourth tab entitled Activity outside of Facebook, from which you can “view and clear your activity with businesses and organizations you visit outside of Facebook.
Here, Facebook will explain in detail what activity outside of Facebook is. Basically, this is the information that apps and websites share with Facebook about your interactions with them: what you buy, what products you view, what articles you read, etc. Here, you will have to click on the tab Manage your activity outside of Facebook.
On this page, you will have an overview of all the apps and websites that have shared your activity with Facebook. Note that part of your activity does not appear here, for several reasons (refresh time before display, technical problems, deletion of history, etc.). Now click on Manage future activity on the right of the screen.
Facebook may ask you to enter your password again. You are finally on the much sought-after tab to stop the link “your future activity outside Facebook and your account ”. Uncheck the button to disable future activity. A new window appears to ask you if you want or not confirm the deactivation of future activity.
By confirming to turn off future activity, you may be logged out from some websites and apps. In addition, you will no longer be able to log into certain services through your Facebook account. Note that the number of ads you see will not be reduced. Deactivation can take up to 48 hours to take effect.
You can also turn off the tracking of non-Facebook activities from the social network’s Android and iOS app. Here’s the procedure to follow :
- Launch the Facebook app
- Tap the hamburger menu located at the top right of the screen and scroll down to find the tab Settings and privacy
- Click here on Settings
- Look for the fourth section Your Facebook information and go to Activity outside of Facebook
- Press tab More options
- Like on the web version of Facebook, click Manage future activity
- Uncheck the button on the command Future activity outside of Facebook
- Confirm the deactivation of future activity by clicking on Deactivate