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A year ago, a Facebook data breach occurred because a third party violated the social media company’s privacy terms. In the past couple of weeks, Facebook has faced additional investigations over its privacy practices after more security lapses and data breaches were discovered.

Facebook continues to repeatedly demonstrate its inability to secure consumers’ information while at the same time they profit from mining that data. Mark Zuckerburg might finally be held accountable (the Federal Trade Commission may fine Facebook $5 billion for failing to keep customer data private), but that doesn’t fix the problem.

If Facebook doesn’t fix its data-sharing, data-leaking, data-stealing issue, then users should do everything they can to protect their data themselves. Don’t share everything. Just because Facebook asks for birthdates, hometowns, and genders, you don’t have to provide them. If you don’t want something shared, don’t post it. Never use Facebook to log onto other apps.

You can leave Facebook. If you’re not sure you want to wipe your footprint permanently, do a trial run with its deactivation option. You can always reactivate your account. If you decide to leave for good, go to settings to the “manage account” functions. It will take one month to delete your account and three months for your information to be deleted.

Although people like Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, they don’t like that the social media giant can’t figure out how to protect users’ information.

Ethan Mikel, Bloomington

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