How It Works
Provided at some point while you have been browsing you have logged in to Facebook, certain web sites (such as Bing and TripAdvisor) can personalise the pages you see on their sites with information they have taken from your Facebook account. Any information marked as available to 'Everyone' on Facebook will now become available to these web sites - for example your name, or your birthday, or what your friend thought of a city you are planning to visit.
Facebook is currently working with certain partner sites (such as Bing, TripAdvisor, and Scribd) and there will be notifications for you on your first visit to these sites to disable this sharing. This is assuming, of course, that these and future external sites adhere to Facebook's code of conduct....
Now, what people may NOT realise is that when it is introduced on Facebook, 'Instant Personalisation' will enabled by default. Now I would have preferred to have been given the chance to positively opt-in to this new feature, rather than find out when I go to Bing that they already have access to my data!
How to disable "Instant Personalisation"
Luckily, Facebook have provided a facility to disable 'Instant Personalisation' and I present below the simple steps needed to turn it off:
- On your Facebook page go to the top right of the window and click on Account. From the drop-down list, click on Privacy Settings
- On the next screen you see, go to the bottom left and click on Edit Your Settings under "Apps and Websites"
- On the next screen you see, click the Edit Settings button to the right of 'Instant Personalisation'
- Close the short video clip that pops up to introduce the feature
- Now simply untick the tick box at the bottom left labelled Enable instant personalisation on partner websites.