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Facebook Took Every Number in Your Phone; Here’s How to Undo the Damage

By Features BGR

Watch out if youre a user of one of Facebooks smartphone applications. Each and every contact stored on your phone is probably now also stored on Facebooks servers, as was re-re-rediscovered by Facebook users this past week.

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Whether or not people in your contact list even have Facebook accounts, their names and phone numbers are likely now in Facebooks possession. 

There is probably a clause buried deep within Facebooks terms and conditions that makes this invasion of your privacy OK on paper, but odds are still pretty good that its not OK with you. 

Complete instructions outlining how to remove all of your contacts phone numbers from your Facebook account can be found below. Whether or not the data will be completely wiped from Facebooks servers is unclear, but well leave that for the lawyers to figure out.

1. Visit facebook.com from a PC and log in

2. in the top-right corner of the screen, click on Account and then Edit Friends

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3. In the menu on the left side of the screen, click on Contacts

4. Here, you will see that each and every one of your contacts in Address Book are listed along with their phone numbers& wipe the look of shock and disgust from your face

5. On the right side of the screen, click on the this page link

6. Follow the instructions on this page  youll have to disable contact-sync in Facebooks mobile app if its enabled  and click the Remove button

Note: Many users note that Facebooks mobile apps now carry disclaimers that mention the fact that Facebook is taking your data. Of course Facebook does currently include a disclaimer, though the wording makes no mention of this data being stored on its servers. Even still, this has not been the case with all versions of the app, and there are also numerous reports from users who claim to have never synchronized their contacts with Facebooks mobile apps, yet still find all of their contact data stored on Facebooks servers.

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