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We collect the content , communications and other information you provide when you use our Products , including when you sign up for an account , create or share content , and message or communicate with others . This can include information in or about the content you provide ( like metadata ) , such as the location of a photo or the date a file was created . It can also include what you see through features we provide , such as our camera , so we can do things like suggest masks and filters that you might like , or give you tips on using portrait mode . Our systems automatically process content and communications you and others provide to analyze context and what 's in them for the purposes described below .
Data with special protections : You can choose to provide information in your Facebook profile fields or Life Events about your religious views , political views , who you are " interested in , " or your health . This and other information ( such as racial or ethnic origin , philosophical beliefs or trade union membership ) is subject to special protections under EU law .
We collect information about the people , Pages , accounts , hashtags and groups you are connected to and how you interact with them across our Products , such as people you communicate with the most or groups you are part of . We also collect contact information if you choose to upload , sync or import it from a device ( such as an address book or call log or SMS log history ) , which we use for things like helping you and others find people you may know and for the other purposes listed below .
We collect information about how you use our Products , such as the types of content 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 . For example , we log when you 're using and have last used our Products , and what posts , videos and other content you view on our Products . We also collect information about how you use features like our camera .
If you use our Products for purchases or other financial transactions ( such as when you make a purchase in a game or make a donation ) , 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 , shipping and contact details .
We also receive and analyze content , communications and information that other people provide when they use our Products . This can include information about you , such as when others share or comment on a photo of you , send a message to you , or upload , sync or import your contact information .
As described below , we collect information from and about the computers , phones , connected TVs and other web-connected devices you use that integrate with our Products , and we combine this information across different devices you use . For example , we use information collected about your use of our Products on your phone to better personalize the content ( including ads ) or features you see when you use our Products on another device , such as your laptop or tablet , or to measure whether you took an action in response to an ad we showed you on your phone on a different device .
Device attributes : information such as the operating system , hardware and software versions , battery level , signal strength , available storage space , browser type , app and file names and types , and plugins . Device operations : information about operations and behaviors performed on the device , such as whether a window is foregrounded or backgrounded , or mouse movements ( which can help distinguish humans from bots ) . Identifiers : unique identifiers , device IDs , and other identifiers , such as from games , apps or accounts you use , and Family Device IDs ( or other identifiers unique to Facebook Company Products associated with the same device or account ) . Device signals : Bluetooth signals , and information about nearby Wi-Fi access points , beacons , and cell towers . Data from device settings : information you allow us to receive through device settings you turn on , such as access to your GPS location , camera or photos . Network and connections : 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 , so we can do things like help you stream a video from your phone to your TV .
Advertisers , app developers , and publishers can send us information through Facebook Business Tools they use , including our social plug-ins ( such as the Like button ) , Facebook Login , our APIs and SDKs , or the Facebook pixel . These partners provide information about your activities off Facebook -- including information about your device , websites you visit , purchases you make , the ads you see , and how you use their services -- whether or not you have a Facebook account or are logged into Facebook . For example , a game developer could use our API to tell us what games you play , or a business could tell us about a purchase you made in its store . We also receive information about your online and offline actions and purchases from third-party data providers who have the rights to provide us with your information . Partners receive your data when you visit or use their services or through third parties they work with . We require each of these partners to have lawful rights to collect , use and share your data before providing any data to us .
We use the information we have ( subject to choices you make ) as described below and to provide and support the Facebook Products and related services described in the Facebook Terms and Instagram Terms . Here 's how : Provide , personalize and improve our Products . We use the information we have to deliver our Products , including to personalize features and content ( including your News Feed , Instagram Feed , Instagram Stories and ads ) and make suggestions for you ( such as groups or events you may be interested in or topics you may want to follow ) on and off our Products . To create personalized Products that are unique and relevant to you , we use your connections , preferences , interests and activities based on the data we collect and learn from you and others ( including any data with special protections you choose to provide where you have given your explicit consent ) ; how you use and interact with our Products ; and the people , places , or things you 're connected to and interested in on and off our Products . Learn more about how we use information about you to personalize your Facebook and Instagram experience , including features , content and recommendations in Facebook Products ; you can also learn more about how we choose the ads that you see . Information across Facebook Products and devices : We connect information about your activities on different Facebook Products and devices to provide a more tailored and consistent experience on all Facebook Products you use , wherever you use them . For example , we can suggest that you join a group on Facebook that includes people you follow on Instagram or communicate with using Messenger . We can also make your experience more seamless , for example , by automatically filling in your registration information ( such as your phone number ) from one Facebook Product when you sign up for an account on a different Product . Location-related information : 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 . Location-related information can be based on things like precise device location ( if you 've allowed us to collect it ) , IP addresses , and information from your and others ' use of Facebook Products ( such as check-ins or events you attend ) . 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 . Face recognition : If you have it turned on , we use face recognition technology to recognize you in photos , videos and camera experiences .
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 . Learn more about how we select and personalize ads , and your choices over the data we use to select ads and other sponsored content for you in the Facebook Settings and Instagram Settings . Provide measurement , analytics , and other business services . We use the information we have ( including your 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 .
Promote safety , integrity and security . We use the information 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 Facebook Products . For example , we use data we have to investigate suspicious activity or violations of our terms or policies , or to detect when someone needs help .
We use the information we have to send you marketing communications , communicate with you about our Products , and let you know about our policies and terms . We also use your information to respond to you when you contact us . Research and innovate for social good . We use the information we have ( including from research partners we collaborate with ) to conduct and support research and innovation on topics of general social welfare , technological advancement , public interest , health and well-being . For example , we analyze information we have about migration patterns during crises to aid relief efforts .
Public information can also be seen , accessed , reshared or downloaded through third-party services such as search engines , APIs , and offline media such as TV , and by apps , websites and other services that integrate with our Products .
People can also use our Products to create and share content about you with the audience they choose . For example , people can share a photo of you in a Story , mention or tag you at a location in a post , or share information about you in their posts or messages .
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 . For example , when you play a game with your Facebook friends or use a Facebook Comment or Share button on a website , the game developer or website can receive information about your activities in the game or receive a comment or link that you share from the website on Facebook . Also , 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 you use may receive your list of Facebook friends if you choose to share it with them .
Information collected by these third-party services is subject to their own terms and policies , not this one . Devices and operating systems providing native versions of Facebook and Instagram ( i.e. where we have not developed our own first-party apps ) will have access to all information you choose to share with them , including information your friends share with you , so they can provide our core functionality to you .
For example , we will remove developers ' access to your Facebook and Instagram data if you have not used their app in 3 months , and we are changing Login , so that in the next version , we will reduce the data that an app can request without app review to include only name , Instagram username and bio , profile photo and email address .
We work with third-party partners who help us provide and improve our Products or who use Facebook Business Tools to grow their businesses , which makes it possible to operate our companies and provide free services to people around the world .
We provide advertisers with reports about the kinds of people seeing their ads and how their ads are performing , but we do not share information that personally identifies you ( information such as your name or email address that by itself can be used to contact you or identifies who you are ) 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 you share with them , as well as the information needed to complete the transaction , including shipping and contact details . 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 support our business or mission , and enhances discovery and innovation on topics of general social welfare , technological advancement , public interest , health and well-being .
Facebook and Instagram share infrastructure , systems and technology with other Facebook Companies ( which include WhatsApp and Oculus ) to provide an innovative , relevant , consistent and safe experience across all Facebook Company Products you use . We also process information about you across the Facebook Companies for these purposes , as permitted by applicable law and in accordance with their terms and policies . For example , we process information from WhatsApp about accounts sending spam on its service so we can take appropriate action against those accounts on Facebook , Instagram or Messenger . We also work to understand how people use and interact with Facebook Company Products , such as understanding the number of unique users on different Facebook Company Products .
Under the General Data Protection Regulation , you have the right to access , rectify , port and erase your data . Learn more about these rights , and find out how you can exercise your rights in the Facebook Settings and Instagram Settings . You also have the right to object to and restrict certain processing of your data . This includes : the right to object to our processing of your data for direct marketing , which you can exercise by using the " unsubscribe " link in such marketing communications ; and the right to object to our processing of your data where we are performing a task in the public interest or pursuing our legitimate interests or those of a third party .
We store data until it is no longer necessary to provide our services and Facebook Products , or until your account is deleted - whichever comes first . This is a case-by-case determination that depends on things like the nature of the data , why it is collected and processed , and relevant legal or operational retention needs . 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 6 months . If you submit a copy of your government-issued ID for account verification purposes , we delete that copy 30 days after submission .
When you delete your account , we delete things you have posted , such as your photos and status updates , and you wo not be able to recover that information later . Information that others have shared about you is not part of your account and wo not be deleted .
We access , preserve and share your information with regulators , law enforcement or others : In response to a legal request , if we have a good-faith belief that the law requires us to do so . We can also respond to legal requests when we have a good-faith belief that the response is required by law in that jurisdiction , affects users in that jurisdiction , and is consistent with internationally recognized standards .
Information we receive about you ( including financial transaction data related to purchases made with Facebook ) can be accessed and preserved for an extended period when it is the subject of a legal request or obligation , governmental investigation , or investigations of possible violations of our terms or policies , or otherwise to prevent harm . We also retain information from accounts disabled for terms violations for at least a year to prevent repeat abuse or other term violations .
We share information globally , both internally within the Facebook Companies and externally with our partners and with those you connect and share with around the world in accordance with this policy . Information controlled by Facebook Ireland will 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 . These data transfers are necessary to provide the services set forth in the Facebook Terms and Instagram Terms and to globally operate and provide our Products to you . We utilize standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission and rely on the European Commission 's adequacy decisions about certain countries , as applicable , for data transfers from the EEA to the United States and other countries .
Contact the Data Protection Officer for Facebook Ireland Ltd . You also have the right to lodge a complaint with Facebook Ireland 's lead supervisory authority , the Irish Data Protection Commissioner , or your local supervisory authority .