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Facebook and Co: Find out what companies save from you
Do you use Facebook, Google and Twitter and want to know what the networks have stored about you? You can find out with a few clicks. However, the results are not necessarily exhaustive. Other companies also require a little more effort. But in general you have the right to request all of the data that you have saved. You can use our sample letter for this.
How to download your Facebook data
The steps in these instructions relate to the use of Facebook in the desktop version with an Internet browser. They are similar for the Facebook app on smartphones and tablets.
- Open the Facebook settings and there the menu item "Your Facebook information" (direct link there).
- Click on "Download your information".
- Then you can, among other things, select the period for which you want to download your data. You can select HTML as the file format so that you can later see the downloaded data with your installed browser. Media such as photos and videos are also downloaded. You can choose whether the quality should be high, medium or low. The higher the quality, the more megabytes your download will contain.
- You can then select a number of areas from which you would like to receive your data.
How to request your data from Instagram
At Instagram, which is also part of Facebook, you can get a copy of the content you shared on Instagram. This can be done both via the app for smartphones and tablets and via the desktop version of the website on a PC.
- Open Settings and click on "Privacy and Security".
- Click on "Download data" and type in your desired e-mail address to which you would like to receive a link to download your data file (direct link there).
- After entering your password, it can take up to 48 hours to receive an email from Instagram.
How to request your data from WhatsApp
You can use the app to request what information WhatsApp has saved about you.
- Open the settings
- Tap on "Account".
- Tap "Request Account Info" and then "Request Report".
- WhatsApp will give you a date from which the report will be ready.
How to download your google data
- Open the page https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout
- Select the services you want to participate in and from which you would like to have the data (e.g. Google play, Google photos, YouTube)
- You can have a zip file created and choose whether it should be saved in a cloud or whether you would like to receive a download link by email.
How to download your Twitter data
Twitter provides you with an archive of your previously published tweets as well as the information "that we believe will be particularly relevant and useful for you." To your Twitter data to download on the PC,
- Open the menu item "Your Twitter data" in the settings (direct link there).
- Enter your Twitter password in the "Download your Twitter data" section.
- As soon as the data is compiled, you will receive a message and can download a zip file.
How to find out what other companies store about you
If you would like to know what data a company has saved about you and there is no way to download this information, you can write to the company. An address must be in the imprint and every company is legally obliged to provide information about stored data. You can use our sample letter for this free of charge.
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