clean up your socials
Social media companies are all about data. They are exceptionally good at harvesting all kinds of things about you, often without you knowing, and sharing that with multiple advertisers and a wide range of others.
It’s a good idea to get your personal data erased from social media companies so that your data can’t be stolen by hackers and compromised, making you vulnerable to scams.
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With the emergence of the Metaverse, social media is about to become even more hungry for even more data about you, including biometrics and facial recognition amongst other things.
Almost all of us have, or used to have, social media accounts. Anything from Facebook to Instagram to Twitter to TikTok. There are a lot out there. Some, you may not use very often, some you may not use at all any more. And perhaps there are one or two that are your ‘go-to’ apps.
It’s not always clear what happens to the data that social media use generates - whether it gets shared across companies in the same group of companies or even to third parties. We know that some social media companies use your data to track what you do online and sell that information to advertisers.
Some companies have been victims of data breaches in which sensitive data including names, addresses and credit card information has been lost. Your data sits in databases, it gets moved between computer systems. And worse still, it can be shared or sold to other organisations without your knowledge.
If you have personal data in a social media company’s database, it’s at risk of being lost or stolen in a data breach. If that happens, it can make you more vulnerable by it being used against you in a scam.
If you don’t want a social media company to have your data any more, or they simply no longer need it, then use Rightly Protect to get it deleted. If a company doesn’t have your data, they can’t lose it or have it stolen. With Rightly Protect you can delete your data from one or many social media companies, in one go and for free.
Unsubscribing doesn’t delete your data.
Even if you’ve hit ‘unsubscribe’ in an email, your personal info can still be exposed in a data theft and could fall into the hands of criminals, because unsubscribing from emails doesn’t delete your data.
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We know there’s an irony to creating an account with Rightly, just at the moment we’re helping you delete your data from lots of companies. But as Champions of Data, we make it easy for you to delete your Rightly account too.
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Social media apps collect a wide range of personal data which can include:
- Names and passwords of account holders
- Captured content, such as photos and videos
- Data that links users to the photos they took, tagged or liked
- Text message history, address book contacts or other similar personal information
- Metadata on how people use social media mobile apps
- Transactional data from products and services
- Facial recognition data
- Data on which devices are linked to which accounts
- Geolocational data
- Bank details
- Business information such as company and VAT numbers
- Favourite bands
- Pet names
- Favourite places
Of course, the social media revolution has enabled amazing levels of communication between friends, helping people stay in touch and share what’s happening in their lives. Sometimes, it’s helpful to have your data shared. But not without your consent. What happens to your data and who it's shared with often isn't made clear, and in particular, that it gets sold on and used to better target you with advertising.
Understandably, many people find this extremely invasive.
Why should I delete the data held by social media companies?
The personal data that social media apps store is private.
In a data breach, or if a company sells your data, it can fall into the wrong hands and be used in a scam against you.
What happens to your data should be up to you.
Collecting all this personal data might help the social media app please its owners’ advertisers by presenting offers or deals that interest you. But when you’re done with the app, the data you leave behind puts you at risk.
Some social media companies sell personal data to third parties, and many have a long history of data breaches. Don't get stung by a data theft.
The easiest way to stop social media companies using your personal data is to use Rightly Protect to send a deletion request. We'll connect you to as many companies as you need and request erasure of your personal data, in one go. And for free.