Data privacy, scattergun style

I stopped using Facebook because I was creeped out by how intrusive they were and by how much data they were gathering across other sites I visited and by who I interacted with. 

Then they bought Instagram, so I left that for about a year as well but came back after deciding the social value was greater than the data cost / risk (which was not the case personally with Facebook). Then they bought WhatsApp, which I also used a bit. And now they’ve bought Moves.

This morning I downloaded by Moves data and deleted my account, the server back up of which the app informed will be deleted in 30 days.

I now have a 74.8 MB data file which I cannot do anything with, a free texting app which I semi-scared to use, a photo sharing app on which I regularly share personal images with geo data, and an inability to participate professionally on company or community Facebook pages due to the fact I’m scared of Facebook having personal or geo data on me…  

Use, value, benefit, risk, inevitability? It’s getting harder to draw lines isn’t it.