+1,555 rob jackson apr 13th, 2018there are a lot of smart people discussing digital privacy thanks to the latest facebook controversy. it was worth discussing before, but this has served as a backlash catalyst with potentially unintended consequences. before i explain, let me be clear: you shouldn’t download your facebook history.there are several pools of dialogue occurring on the facebook topic. critics pointing fingers at the clueless old fogies deciding our technological fate (and rightfully so), faithful facebook users flinging vile insults at zuckerberg (on facebook mind you), and lots of smart journalists trying to get to the bottom of things.take for example the excellent piece by brian chen from the new york times who was shocked at what he saw after downloading his facebook history.when you download a copy of your facebook data, you will see a folder containing multiple subfolders and files. the most important one is the “index” file, which is essentially a raw data set of your facebook account, where you can click through your profile, friends list, timeline and messages, among other features.he went on to discuss the findings within his personal facebook history:764 names and phone numbers of everyone in his iphone’s address booka history of each time he opened facebook over the last two yearslocations, like when he was at a hospital two years agolist of roughly 500 brands that had his contact infothis will likely spark an unsettling feeling in your ...