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Facebook has decided that it will allow users to download more of their private data. This, it claims, will allow them to back up more detailed information from their Facebook account.
In a short post on its privacy page, the social networks explain what data it intends to make available to users:
Starting today, you will be able to download an expanded archive of your Facebook account history. First introduced in 2010, Download Your Information lets you get a copy of what you’ve shared on Facebook, such as photos, posts, messages, a list of friends and chat conversations. Now you can access additional categories of information, including previous names, friend requests you’ve made and IP addresses you logged in from. This feature will be rolling out gradually to all users and more categories of information will be available for download in the future. Download Your Information is available from your Facebook Account Settings.
A few years ago the company launched an account history archive which allowed users to download a copy of photos, posts, messages, a list of friends, and chat conversations. This new data, the social network says, will be a touch more specific. What’s quite nifty is that it gives users the option to check when and where they accessed their account.
According to Facebook it will roll out the update to its “Download Your Information” slowly, and more data will be added in the future. Users can access the tool through the Account Settings Page of their profile.
The company has stated that users will not be able to download friends’ photos or status updates or other people’s personal information. Users will also not be able to download comments they have made on friends’ posts.
The company seems to be working on guarding users’ personal data quite closely these days. Last month, Facebook issued a statement warning employers and other institutions seeking prospective employee login that the social network could issue legal action against them.