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Facebook Rooms: 5 Privacy Facts

Facebook's new Rooms app lets you post pictures, videos, and messages anonymously. Here's a look at the data it collects, the privacy of your posts, and more.

that that all your interactions -- including photos, videos, and comments -- are visible to everyone.

"Anyone online or offline, including people off of Rooms, may be able to see this information. When you join a room, your status as a member of the room may also be visible to other Rooms users, such as the moderator of the Room," the app says.

3. You can delete your content and account... sort of
If you confirmed your Rooms account, which entails entering a six-digit code, you can delete any content you posted in the past. To remove individual posts, visit the room, then tap the image, video, or note that you want to delete. Tap the icon with three dots at the top, then select Delete.

If you haven't confirmed your account, you can remove content you have shared in a Room only if you are logged in.

To delete your Rooms account, visit your Settings page and tap Delete Account. As with many mobile apps, however, your data might not actually disappear: The app says that while this action will remove all content you have shared on Rooms, it may save backup copies and logs "for a period of time" -- though did not disclose how long.

4. Rooms may share your data with other Facebook apps
Even though Facebook developed the Rooms app, it doesn't allow you to connect the two accounts. That doesn't mean, however, that your data stays only with the Rooms team.

"We may share information about you within the company and services operated by Facebook to understand and improve our services, but the information you share on Rooms will never be posted to your Facebook account, and the information you share on Facebook will never be posted to your Rooms account," the company said.

5. Rooms adheres to Facebook's policies
Rooms abides by the same Data Use Policy and Cookies Policy as Facebook, which means the app may track and store information about you in the same way that Facebook does.

Rooms hasn't disclosed exactly what information it collects or how it may use it, though it could include using your data to target advertising, for example, or your IP address and location information to suggest localized groups to join.

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ted90
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ted90,
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9/25/2017 | 5:31:25 AM
Re: 192.168.1.1
I've been looking for this information for a long time, I'm happy to join your community!
progman2000
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progman2000,
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10/27/2014 | 10:27:55 AM
Re: Nice
Have not actively looked into any of these guys yet but I will check out Paper on your recommendation!
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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10/27/2014 | 10:21:39 AM
Re: Confusing
QR codes in Rooms are used as invites. For example, if you start a room that's invite-only, you share the QR code with people you want to join it, which gives them access. Unfortunately, QR codes are necessary for open rooms, too -- regardless of what you join, you need to either a) scan the QR code from an outside source, or b) take a screenshot of the QR code within the app, then move through a series of steps for the app to recognize it and allow you in. 

I'm not sure why Facebook chose to use QR codes over a string of numbers or letters, but it's a hassle. I imagine many people will give up before they even get to join a room and see what the fuss is about. 
Ariella
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Ariella,
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10/26/2014 | 6:02:15 PM
Re: Same old
@PedroGonzales if your information can never be deleted, I wonder how that can be in compliance with the EU's data guidelines. They include "the right of erasure."                                       
H@mmy
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[email protected],
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10/26/2014 | 5:22:49 PM
Re: Confusing
@Kristin your comment made me go through reviews of 'Rooms'. The first review I read is complaining about the UI. It just makes me curious to know whats the use of QR code there. Please share your reviews about it, if any one has used the app. I hope Kristin can write another blog on this.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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10/26/2014 | 5:13:22 PM
Confusing
The big problem here is the UI. Rooms is not intuitive to use, especially with the screenshots of QR codes it requires to join a room. Has anyone else given this app a shot? Let's hear your thoughts.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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10/26/2014 | 5:09:18 PM
Re: Nice
@Hammy Of those three examples, I still think Paper is the best one put out by Facebook thus far.
PedroGonzales
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PedroGonzales,
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10/26/2014 | 3:13:40 PM
Re: Same old
I think the reality is much worse than they are advertising.  Your information is never deleted, others can see what you post, and Facebook can use whatever you posted however they want to.  The old chat room seems much better to me.
nomii
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nomii,
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10/26/2014 | 12:33:29 PM
Re: Nice
@Progman true. I think its basically try to convince people that what FB is doing is better than what  is already available in the market. I fail to understand the real essance of such forums where you can remain anonymous and share your thoughts. Are we not already having these sites as you already mentioned.
nomii
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nomii,
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10/26/2014 | 12:27:43 PM
Re: Same old
@Paul681 very true and very concisely put. It basically means that old habbit die hard and FB manipulating the info and convincing the public with lame excuses. I believe that the public is getting the sense of it and are now more aware than few years back  :).
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