With that finished, I went back into my Facebook Privacy Settings to turn off all the sharing I’d enabled for research. I opened all my apps and looked at what data they gather, what they share and where. It’s a little eye-popping in some cases just how much information they reserve the right to grab.
But I also spotted an option I hadn’t seen before: “Last data access.” It’s an unobtrusive little text link in the app settings, but if you click “See details,” it will show you exactly what data the app in question has sucked in and when.
So I tried it for the Washington Post’s app — and found it dragged in pretty much everything it could get its hands on, from basic info like my current city (newspapers want to know where their readers are) to more sensitive details like my relationship status, family members and “religious and political views” (which are blank on Facebook. If it wants to know those, it ought to at least buy me a drink first.)
The Washington Post settings aren’t unusual; most of my apps had accessed similar amounts of data.
Go check yours. You might be surprised. Home -> Privacy Settings -> Apps and Websites -> Apps you use -> [pick an app] Edit -> Last data access: See details. -Stacy