Facebook now lets users delete activity data it collects from other sites

What is Facebook’s new ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ tool and can you shut it off?

Facebook's Off-Facebook Activity tool is now available to everyone

Facebook doesn't just log what you're doing when you visit its site. Facebook replaced the tag suggestion tool with a broader facial recognition setting a year ago.

The sensible thing to do is to click on those Clear History and Turn Off buttons as fast as you can. There you'll find an option for "Off-Facebook Activity". To see the data - and to tell Instagram to disconnect it from your account - you must use the Facebook website or app.

On Tuesday, the social networking site launched the "off-Facebook activity" tool. Facebook announced that it let you decouple all the data it gathers from your off-Facebook internet browsing habits from your profile, not that it'll stop collecting that data. Facebook collects activity information from a broad array of services including e-commerce websites, retail chains and even certain smart home appliances that can be browsed by category in the tab.

What is Facebook’s new ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ tool and can you shut it off?
Facebook's 'Clear History' Is Now Available To Everyone

Re-named the Off-Facebook Activity tool, it began gradually rolling out to some countries by August 2019.

Don't get your hopes up - you'll still see the same number of ads, but they will be shown to you based on what you look for on Facebook and not on other sites.

In addition to the global availability of the Off-Facebook Activity tool, Facebook says it also will roll out a prompt over the next two weeks that will encourage users to review their privacy settings.

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Facebook already this month rolled out alerts for third-party logins, which let you know when you use your Facebook Login to sign into an app.

Here, you will get a dashboard with options to clear the history of shared interactions (all at once) or individually manage the list of sites/apps sharing your off-Facebook activity. "The information you disconnect will no longer be connected to your account". When you clear your history, we complete the separation.

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Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook has more than doubled its New Mexico footprint with the purchase of more than 400 acres near its new data center. Clearing your history doesn't really delete it, either, but rather simply removes a user's name from that data.

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