In this notice, we detail what data Meta collects and discloses, and why it does so
Meta platforms Inc. formally known as Facebook Inc . It is an American multinational technology conglomerate based in Menlo Park, California. The company is the parent organization of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, among other subsidiaries.
This policy describes the information that we process to support Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and other products and features offered by Meta Platforms, Inc. (Meta Products or Products).
The types of information we collect
Information that you and others provide .The type of information that we collect depends on how you use our Products.
Information and content that you provide
We collect the content, communications and other information you provide when you use our Products. This includes when you sign up for an account, create or share content and message or communicate with others. This can include information about the content(i.e metadata), location of a photo, or date a file was created. It also includes information you see using some of our features such as our camera.
Networks and Connections
We collect information about the people, accounts, hashtags, Facebook groups and Pages that you are connected to and how you interact with them across our Products. We also collect contact information if you choose to upload, sync or import it from a device(i.e address book or call log or SMS log history).
We collect information about how you use our Products, such as the types of content that you view or engage with, the features you use, the actions you take, the people or accounts you interact with and the time, frequency and duration of your activities.
Information about transactions made on our products
If you use our Products for purchases or other financial transactions, we collect information about the purchase or transaction. This includes payment information, such as your credit or debit card number and other card information, other account and authentication information, and billing, delivery and contact details.
Things others do and information they provide about you
We also receive and analyze content, communications and information that other people provide when they use our Products.
Information that we obtain from these devices includes
This includes your device’s operating system, hardware and software versions, battery level, signal strength, available storage space, browser type, app and file names and types, and plugins.
This includes your device’s operations and behaviors performed on the device
Unique identifiers, device IDs and other identifiers, such as from games, apps or accounts that you use, and Family Device IDs
Bluetooth signals, information about nearby Wi-Fi access points, beacons and mobile phone masts.
Data from device settings
This includes information you allow us to receive through device settings that you turn on, such as access to your GPS location, camera or photos.
Network and connections
This includes information such as the name of your mobile operator or ISP, language, time zone, mobile phone number, IP address, connection speed and, in some cases, information about other devices that are nearby or on your network.
This includes data from cookies stored on your device, including cookie IDs and settings.
Information from partners
Advertisers, app developers and publishers can send us information through Meta Business Tools that they use, including our social plug-ins (such as the Like button), Facebook Login, our APIs and SDKs or the Meta pixel. These partners provide information about your activities off of our Products that includes:
- Information about your device
- websites you visit
- purchases you make
- Ads you see
- How you use their services
- Online and offline actions
- Purchases from third party providers who have the rights to provide us with your information.
How we use your information
We use the information that we have (subject to choices that you make) as described below and to provide and support the Meta Products and related services.
Provide, personalize and improve our products
We use the information that we have to deliver our Products, including to personalize features and content (including your ads, Facebook News Feed, Instagram feed and Instagram Stories) and make suggestions for you (such as groups or events that you may be interested in or topics that you may want to follow) on and off our Products.. This could mean:
Information across Meta products and devices
We connect information about your activities on different Meta Products and devices to provide a more tailored and consistent experience on all Meta Products that you use, wherever you use them.
We use location-related information– such as your current location, where you live, the places you like to go, and the businesses and people you're near – to provide, personalize and improve our Products, including ads, for you and others.
Product research and development
We use the information we have to develop, test and improve our Products, including by conducting surveys and research, and testing and troubleshooting new products and features.
Ads and other sponsored content
We use the information we have about you – including information about your interests, actions and connections – to select and personalize ads, offers and other sponsored content that we show you.
Providing measurement, analytics and other business services
We use the information that we have (this includes offline activity off our Products, such as the websites you visit and ads you see) to help advertisers and other partners measure the effectiveness and distribution of their ads and services, and understand the types of people who use their services and how people interact with their websites, apps and services.
Promoting safety, integrity and security
We use the information that we have to verify accounts and activity, combat harmful conduct, detect and prevent spam and other bad experiences, maintain the integrity of our Products, and promote safety and security on and off of Meta Products.
Communicate with you
We use the information that we have to send you marketing communications, communicate with you about our Products and let you know about our Policies and Terms.
Researching and innovating for social good
We use the information that we have (including from research partners) to conduct and support research and innovation on topics of general social welfare, technological advancement, public interest, health and well-being.
Who we may share your information with
Your information is shared with others in the following ways:
Sharing on Meta products
People and accounts that you share and communicate with
When you share and communicate using our Products, you choose the audience for what you share. Similarly, when you use Messenger or Instagram to communicate with people or businesses, those people and businesses can see the content you send.
This is information that can be seen by anyone, on or off our Products, including if they don't have an account. This includes your Instagram username, any information you share with a public audience, information in your public profile on Facebook, and content you share on a Facebook Page, public Instagram account or any other public forum, such as Facebook Marketplace.
Content that others share or reshare about you.
You should consider who you choose to share with, because people who can see your activity on our Products can choose to share it with others on and off our Products, including people and businesses outside the audience that you shared wit
People can also use our Products to create and share content about you with the audience they choose.
Information about your active status or presence on our Products.
People in your networks can see signals telling them whether you are active on our Products, including whether you are currently active on Instagram, Messenger or Facebook, or when you last used our Products.
Apps, websites and third-party integrations on or using our Products.
When you choose to use third-party apps, websites or other services that use, or are integrated with, our Products, they can receive information about what you post or share.
When you download or use such third-party services, they can access your public profile on Facebook, and any information that you share with them. Apps and websites that you use may receive your list of Facebook friends if you choose to share it with them. But apps and websites that you use will not be able to receive any other information about your Facebook/Instagram friends from you.
Information collected by these third-party services is subject to their own terms and policies, not this one.
If the ownership or control of all or part of our Products or their assets changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner.
Sharing with third-party partners
We work with third-party partners who help us and improve our Products.
Here are the types of third parties that we share information with:
Partners who use our analytics services.
We provide aggregated statistics and insights that help people and businesses understand how people are engaging with their posts, listings, Facebook Pages, videos and other content on and off the Meta Products.
We provide advertisers with reports about the kinds of people seeing their ads and how their ads are performing, but we don't share information that personally identifies you unless you give us permission.
We share information about you with companies that aggregate it to provide analytics and measurement reports to our partners.
Partners offering goods and services in our Products.
When you subscribe to receive premium content, or buy something from a seller in our Products, the content creator or seller can receive your public information and other information that you share with them.
Vendors and service providers.
We provide information and content to vendors and service providers who support our business, such as by providing technical infrastructure services, analyzing how our Products are used, providing customer service, facilitating payments or conducting surveys.
Researchers and academics.
We also provide information and content to research partners and academics to conduct research that advances scholarship and innovation that supports our business or mission and enhances discovery and innovation on topics of general social welfare, technological advancement, public interest, health and well-being.
Law enforcement or legal requests.
We share information with law enforcement or in response to legal requests based on specified circumstances
How do the Meta Companies work together?
Facebook and Instagram share infrastructure, systems and technology with other Meta Companies (which include WhatsApp and Oculus) to provide an innovative, relevant, consistent and safe experience across all Meta Company Products that you use.
We also process information about you across the Meta Companies for these purposes, as permitted by applicable law and in accordance with their terms and policies.
How you can manage your data
We store data until it is no longer necessary to provide our services and Meta Products, or until your account is deleted. For example, when you search for something on Facebook, you can access and delete that query from within your search history at any time, but the log of that search is deleted after six months.
When you delete your account, we delete things that you have posted, such as your photos and status updates, and you won't be able to recover that information later. If you don't want to delete your account but want to temporarily stop using the Products, you can deactivate your account instead. You can delete your account anytime by visiting Facebook settings and Instagram settings.
How we respond to legal requests or prevent harm?
We access, preserve and share your information with regulators, law enforcement or others:
- In response to a legal request (e.g. a search warrant, court order or subpoena) if we have a good-faith belief that the law requires us to do so. This includes legal requests from jurisdictions outside of the United States.
- When we have a good-faith belief that it is necessary to: detect, prevent and address fraud, unauthorized use of the Products, breaches of our Terms or Policies, or other harmful or illegal activity; to protect ourselves (including our rights, property or Products), you or others, including as part of investigations or regulatory enquiries; or to prevent death or imminent bodily harm.
- Information that we receive about you can be accessed and preserved for an extended period when it is the subject of a legal request or obligation or governmental investigation
- We also retain information from accounts disabled for term breaches for at least a year to prevent repeat abuse or other term breaches.
How do we operate and transfer data as part of our global services?
We share information globally, both internally within the Meta Companies, and externally with our partners and with those you connect and share with around the world in accordance with this policy. Your information may, be transferred or transmitted to, or stored and processed in the United States or other countries outside of where you live for the purposes as described in this Policy.