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How to download your LinkedIn and Facebook data

Updated: Jun 1

All this talk about GDPR, data protection and new privacy rules (we’re looking at you, Whatsapp) has us desperate to find out what personal data our apps are actually storing about us...


What do they know? What can they do with it? How can we access it?


Let’s find out.


Follow our handy guide to find out how to download your data with ease. So you can monitor exactly what information the internet has about you.


What is GDPR?


General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is a set of data privacy rules that make sure businesses in Europe (or businesses that work with Europe) protect your data. It limits what businesses can do with your data and gives you greater control over your personal information.


GDPR has seven basic principles: lawfulness, fairness and transparency; purpose limitation; data minimisation; accuracy; storage limitation; integrity and confidentiality (security); and accountability.


For many of us, GDPR gives us the right to know what personal data businesses have about us, as well as, the right to see and download that data. So, let's find out how to do just that for LinkedIn and Facebook!

LinkedIn


To start, log in and tap the little icon of you in the right-hand corner.


In the dropdown menu, you need to select ‘Settings & Privacy’.

From there a new page will open. On the left-hand side of that page click ‘How LinkedIn uses your data’ underneath ‘Data Privacy’.


Select ‘Get a copy of your data’, and select ‘Download larger data archive’ to get your hands on everything. Or just choose the aspects you want to know; there’s connections, contacts, articles, and more.


Hit ‘Request archive’ and you’ll get an email when your data is ready to be downloaded.

Facebook


Once you’re logged in, you’ll see a little down facing arrow in the top right of the homepage. It’s the one after your notification bell.

When clicked, a dropdown menu will pop out. Select ‘Settings & Privacy’ then ‘Settings’.

On the left a menu will appear. Click ‘Your Facebook information’.


Select ‘Download your information’. The whole list of downloadable things will be automatically selected. This includes posts, friends, messages, and more.


If you just want to download specific aspects, then make sure to deselect all, and just ticks the things that tickle your fancy!


Facebook will send you a notification once your data is ready.

Voila! With your data now downloaded, you can use our tools to analyse your data and learn even more about yourself.



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