How to Stop Facebook From Sharing Your Browsing History

By Ashley Feinberg on at

Earlier today, Facebook announced that it was going to start using all of that ever-so-illuminating app and website data it collects to serve us with more targeted ads. In other words, Facebook is getting ready to hand your browsing history over to advertisers. Here's how to stop them.

Of course, just because you're getting some new (and highly necessary) controls over how Facebook shares your data doesn't mean it's going to stop collecting the data in the first place. So while we can at least somewhat limit who's seeing all of the salacious details of our internet habits, it doesn't mean the cache of data itself is going away.

What's more, the new feature is opt-out, so s in order to keep your browsing history away from prying third-party eyes. You'll need to actively head over to the Digital Advertising Alliance here and let them know you're not willing to share.

How to Stop Facebook From Sharing Your Browsing History

Once there, you'll see the above screen. Select the "Companies Customizing Ads for Your Browser" tab, and scroll down until you see Facebook.

How to Stop Facebook From Sharing Your Browsing History

Click the little check box next to Facebook, and as long as you're here, feel free to scroll through and check off any other sites you'd like to stop forking over your most private internet deeds. Once you've clicked to your heart's content, hit "Submit."

How to Stop Facebook From Sharing Your Browsing History

Now, considering how many of us also use the Facebook app, you're probably going to want to do the same for your mobile device(s). For iOS users, open settings and go to General>Restrictions>Advertising (under the "Privacy" section). Flip the switch for Limit Ad Tracking, and you're all set.

How to Stop Facebook From Sharing Your Browsing History

If you're using Android, go to Google Settings>Ads>Opt Out of Interest-Based Ads, and that's it—you're free to browse in peace.

How to Stop Facebook From Sharing Your Browsing History

Facebook advertisers won't be able to cater to you quite so creepily, and your privacy is left just that much more intact. Of course, that's not to say that Facebook's advertisers would do anything malicious with the data, but considering all that we do out on the internet's wild frontiers, better safe than sorry.