A striking study by Consumer Reports and The Markup has unveiled the sheer magnitude of data sharing with Facebook. For the average solo Facebook user, a staggering 2,230 companies, and sometimes over 7,000, are involved in handing over personal information.
This extensive research, involving 709 volunteers over three years, revealed that an overwhelming 186,892 organizations passed data about these individuals to Facebook’s parent company, Meta.
These figures shed light on the intricate web of data sharing that Facebook is entangled in. It’s not just a handful of companies; it’s thousands, each contributing to the vast pool of information that Facebook collects.
The study highlights the depth and breadth of data exchange between companies and Facebook. For many users, the extent of this data sharing remains unseen and often unacknowledged.
This revelation brings to the forefront significant privacy concerns. With such a vast network of data sharing, the implications for individual privacy are profound and far-reaching.