How Facebook creates a dossier of your most private activities

“Want to freak yourself out?” Dylan Curran, a privacy consultant and web developer, asked on Twitter shortly after the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal broke. “I’m gonna show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it.”

And so began Curran’s exhaustively detailed account of exactly the types of data the two technology behemoths were storing about him. Curran later detailed his endeavour an article for The Guardian, in which the Irishman noted: “We would never let the government or a corporation put cameras/microphones in our homes or location trackers on us. But we just went ahead and did it ourselves because – to hell with it! – I want to watch cute dog videos.”

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