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Don't know how your data is used, or how to protect it? You're not alone – but you can improve your data literacy

By Simeon Yates, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research Environment and Postgraduate Research, University of Liverpool
Elinor Carmi, Lecturer in Media and Communication, City, University of London
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Discussions about how Facebook operates have been high on the agenda over the past week as the US Congress investigates the platform’s impact. At the core of these discussions are questions of how Facebook uses data that we, as users, generate.

Similar questions can be asked of all the digital services we use, whether run by companies, governments, or other organisations. These platforms use our data to determine what content we see or which services we’re…

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