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Facebook Quizzes – More Intrusive Than You Might Think

By December 2, 2015May 27th, 2021Blog, Technology News

Facebook_Quizzes_____More_108894_201890If you have more than two or three Facebook friends, odds are good that at some point, you’ve gotten someone’s quiz results on your wall. One of your friends took a quiz and found out which Lord of the Rings character they were most like, or what words they tend to use most often in conversation, or any number of other things.

Sometimes the quizzes are actually marginally entertaining, but how much are you willing to pay for that few minutes of entertainment?

If you haven’t actually stopped to read the privacy policy and details on information collected by the company offering these quizzes and simple games, you really should. You’ll be shocked at what you discover.

Before you can take the quiz in question, the app that drives it will ask if it can connect to your Facebook account. Occasionally you’ll be able to pick and choose what specific data the app can have access to, but most of the time, you won’t have that option, and the app will quietly gather your birthday, home town, likes, photos, complete friends list, and more.

If you think that sounds pretty intrusive for a simple quiz, and you’re suddenly wondering what the owners of the app might do with all that information, you’re not alone, and are right to be concerned. While most of these companies “promise” they won’t sell your data, they also have built into their terms of service that they have the right to keep it forever, even if you deactivate your Facebook account. It’s not an unfair question to ask what they plan to do with all that data on you, if not eventually sell it to someone else. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be much point in collecting it to begin with, right?

All that to say, be very careful about taking Facebook quizzes. Yes, they’re sometimes cute and humorous, but how much information are you willing to give up to find out what color you’re most closely associated with, or whether you’re more like Gandalf or Frodo? Information is currency. Guard yours carefully.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.