top of page
  • Dean Smith

Facebook Quizzes and Other Apps Threaten Your Privacy

As private investigators, we constantly stress the importance of investigating the social media accounts of claimants, but this time, we want to focus on protecting YOUR privacy while on social media. We know all about privacy settings, the difference between public and private posts/photos, as well as frequently reviewing and updating our privacy settings due to changes in policies. However, how much do we know about the information we give away when we take quizzes and add other apps on Facebook?

Ah, they’re harmless, right? Wrong! According to Mark Wilson for, “Quizzes, personality tests, friend comparisons, and year in review apps, however, are blackholes for personal data – and the huge range of apps from Meaww have been singled out as being a major cause for concern.”

You know the ones; “Who is your soulmate?”, “Which friend is your partner in crime?”, “Who are your closest friends?”, or even “What dog breed best correlates with your personality?” Sure, we take the quizzes just for fun. But after taking a look at the Meaww website (one of many quiz generators), a disclaimer at the bottom of the page reads, “All content is provided for fun and entertainment purposes only.” Maybe fun and entertainment is our only purpose, but we really can’t believe that Meaww gains no benefit from people taking their FREE quizzes.

When we agree to take the quiz and allow the application to access our information, our personal details, including email addresses, photos, timeline posts, friends and much more, are now considered property to Meaww (and tons of other similar Facebook applications). That information is collected and is then sold to advertisers, who then can sell the data on to other companies and so on and so forth.

Meaww’s privacy policy (which no one probably ever reads) states:

“Please be aware that this Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of entities Meaww does not own or control, or to individuals whom Meaww does not employ or manage, including any third parties to whom Meaww may disclose Personal Information (as defined below) pursuant to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy.”

“Meaww processes Personal Information on its servers in many countries around the world. Such information may be stored on any of our servers, at any location.”

“Except as described hereunder, We do not share your Personal Information with third parties unless we have received your permission to do so, or given you notice thereof (such as by telling you about it in this Privacy Policy), or removed your name and any other personally identifying information from it.”

“We are not responsible for the practices employed by any websites or services linked to or from Meaww, including the information or content contained within them. Please be aware that if you choose to use a link to go from Meaww to any third party’s website or service, such third party’s own rules and privacy policy (and not our Privacy Policy) will apply and govern your activities and any information you disclose while interacting with such third parties.”

Basically, all of your personal information is turned over and it is out of Meaww’s control what happens to it. Period.

If you place value on your privacy, and want to take additional measures to keep your personal information private, we suggest refraining from taking quizzes on Facebook altogether!

4 views0 comments


bottom of page