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How does my iPhone Facebook app know EVERYTHING?

My iPhone 5s Facebook app seems to have some preternatural power to cull info from every activity I perform on my iPhone. Example: it will suggest friends I have no friends in common with, who I only contact on a non integrated app. I don't have contacts synced, I don't have my phone number in Facebook, and I do not have location services enabled.

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Most folk use facebook on their PC too.

In reply to: How does my iPhone Facebook app know EVERYTHING?

So there's leaks of information all over. Some love Facebook, and some find it creepy.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-turn-off-this-creepy-facebook-feature/ notes TWO SETTINGS to change but as noted, it uses other than location data and once you gave up your location on any device, game over.

Here I ignore such things. As a programmer, I shrug a little at this.

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Getting weirder.

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Just now I walked into the gym, logged into the wifi and FB immediately recommended someone as a friend who works out here that I do not know or have any friends in common with. Locations services off. This is spooky. It did the same thing when I bumped into that chick from American Pickers. No data was exchanged. Not a word said.

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Did you happen to use their WiFi?

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Even doing that can reveal location.

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But I hate it

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IS there no way to partition these apps so they stop communicating?

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The off button?

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Why I asked if you used WiFi is that the IP you sent over can reveal a general location. If you were over Cellular then you only get the tower and not a hard location.

But if you are like me, you mooch on free WiFi over cellular.

So nope.

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(NT) Delete Facebook? (NT)

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got this problem too

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kind of worry about privacy...and there are things i want to hide from others

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(NT) Ditch Facebook

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Time to go old school.

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Don't put such up on social media sites.

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Watch Permissions given more carefully

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Once you give certain permissions to apps they can have access to your entire phone contact list. By default we have become so accustomed to giving "permissions" when we download apps that we give up 100% access to our devices without realizing it.

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