Facebook “Instant Personalisation” do you really want it?

Facebook officially turned on Instant Personalisation today and it is set to “On” by default. What does that mean? It is a feature that allows certain websites to ‘personalise’ their sites with data provided from your account. Any information which is set to ‘Everyone’, like your name or your home location can be used to make the site appear more friendly. It also allows better targeted advertising.

I suspect many of you will not like this invasion of your privacy.

So what can you do about it? You can turn it off but as with most Facebook privacy setting it doesn’t jump out at you. So here’s how to do it.

1. Log into Facebook. In the top right hand corner, click Account, and then Privacy Settings.

2. Under the heading Apps and websites, select Edit your settings.

3. Under the heading Instant personalization, select Edit settings. You may see a popup called ‘Understanding instant personalization’ that civers the settings page  Hmmmm? Just hit Close.

4. At the very bottom of the page, simply untick the box labeledEnable instant personalization on partner websites. This will instantly turn off partner websites accessing your data.

If the option is greyed but ticked as you see in the above graphic, it means the option hasn’t been activated on your account yet but, it will be. So check back later today or tomorrow.

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