WARNING: Deleting Account Data Will Permanently Delete Your Farm !!!




You may have noticed a new "Player Data Request" tab above your FarmVille farm and on any other Zynga games that you play. Your Dirt Farmer team has the scoop for you on what it is, what it does and a very important warning about exactly what deleting your data will do. This is being rolled out worldwide, in response to new privacy laws in the European Union which guarantee the Right to Access any personal data that a company has stored on you to everyone in the countries under the auspices of the EU.  Read on for all the ins and outs and please do share...



 Special Thanks to Dirt Farmers Melissa, Ally, Beatriz, Eric and Mike for assistance (assisting  Dirt Farmer  Heather) with researching this post.


To access your information, simply click on the "Player Data Request" tab at the top of your farm at the right side end of the tabs.


You will then get the following popup with your id and pin number to use in the tool. If you wish to interact with the feature, click on the privacy.zynga.com link in the pop-up.




Doing so will bring up the game and language choice screen to request data. 



Choose your game from the dropdown menu  (you will need to scroll a bit to get to FarmVille)
and then click next. 




You will then see the login-screen



IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

You can COPY and PASTE your id and pin into the relevant  login fields. You can right-click on this popup to do so. You do not have to remember it. Your data will be auto filled when you click that player request data tab.


Do NOT include the colon : when you paste

EVERY ZYNGA GAME HAS ITS OWN UNIQUE PLAYER ID AND PIN FOR EACH PLAYER.

Example 

Log into Hit It Rich, from the player data request/privacy portal

 Save the credentials you found there on a sticky note

 Finish with Hit it Rich and log out. 

Select FarmVille to log into next.



If you copy/paste your Hit It  Rich credentials, you will get an invalid id or pin error.



YOU MUST MAKE SURE THAT THE CORRECT GAME IS SELECTED TO LOG INTO IN THE FIRST SCREEN AND THAT YOU ARE USING THE ID AND PIN FROM THE "PLAYER REQUEST DATA TAB FROM THAT SPECIFIC GAME TO LOG IN OR YOU WILL GET AN INVALID ID OR PIN ERROR AND WON'T BE ABLE TO LOG IN.




Once you have entered all of the correct information, you will see this screen with your ID and name where the black lines are.


The top blue button gives you the option to request a copy of your data. This is perfectly safe to do, so long as you are positive that the network that you are connected to the internet through is secure.


Once you request it, the blue  button will change to a yellowish/orange data request pending.


You will have the option to log in and check back later to see if your report is ready,
or to request an email notification when it is. 



Once your request is processed and ready for download, the button will return to blue with "data copy ready" Once we finish explaining the uses of the data access site, we will return to the specifics of the report.





Note that at the bottom, there is always the option to request a new (updated) copy of your data as time goes on.



Now for the somewhat scary button the gray one. 

Clicking it brings up the following FAQ. 
DO NOT SKIM OR SKIP AROUND ON THIS AND THEN CLICK ANYTHING ON IT.





The FAQ offers a link to click to delete your data. 




This may sound good on the surface, but read carefully. This is not about deleting cookies or ad preferences, this is about DELETING YOUR ACCOUNT WHICH MEANS THE PERMANENT LOSS OF YOUR FARM!!!



Should you decide to delete your data - remember this means your FarmVille Account and ALL OF YOUR FARMS (this is PERMANENT and not a way to get rid of one or two you don't like) there is a multi-step process with confirmations in case you change your mind.


The first screen upon clicking the link reminds you that you can't play anymore, immediately after a deletion request and that having your account deleted CANNOT BE UNDONE




This is a legal request to remove all traces of your data from their servers. This is not something you can change your mind about in six months and complain that you didn't understand, they will never be able to recover this info. Even if you are not in the EU and protected by those specific laws, it's still a legal request and one they cannot reverse way down the road.






You will need to check a box, confirming that you read the warnings to continue. 



If you do indeed continue , in the next screen, you will need to check the box for what you want to delete then select a reason for deletion from the drop down menu.


there will be a blue button to delete your account, once that's clicked you will see "Account Deletion Pending" and  no longer be able to access the game.



Accounts will be fully deleted in 30 days. They say that you have seven days to change your mind and log back in and cancel account deletion.


This should lead to this screen and renewed access to the game. 


Given the possibility of bugs, we do not recommend tempting fate. Do not click the delete account request confirmation unless you are POSITIVE that you are willing to NEVER HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR FARM AGAIN. 

Should you decide you want to start over from scratch, on your account, account deletion will allow you to do this. Remember you will NEVER be able to recover the old account once it's deleted.


Subscriptions for FarmVille are billed through Facebook. Deleting your account will not cancel them, you will need to cancel them separately.



If you just wanted to make sure you knew the risks and what  not to do, to avoid losing your farm, you're done. 





If you want to know exactly what is in that data report, in order to determine if  you want yours, read on.




IMPORTANT NOTE:
DOWNLOADING YOUR DATA REPORT. AS NOTED ON THE SITE, IT CAN TAKE ANYWHERE FROM HOURS TO DAYS TO DOWNLOAD. IF YOU HAVE BEEN PLAYING THE FULL NINE YEARS, OR EVEN FOR SEVERAL, YOU MAY BE ON THE LONG END. BE AWARE OF THAT WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR CHOICE.

This report is downloaded as an html file - so even though it lives on your computer it will still open with your default browser. 



Please note: Some of the below images have personal data redacted for the sake of privacy of neighbors and personal id numbers. Your own information on the same topic will populate those fields when you interact with the player data request tool.



The report has the following header



and the following menu on the left side, with clickable items to access different types of data.




The first data set is your account profile. 


This contains your basic info, preferred language, game play data ,as well as


 info obtained from Facebook as noted below. 



It also includes data about your email -  (an email "hard bounce" is an email that bounces back due to an invalid address. To learn more about hard bounces from Whatis, click here.




The next link offers game stats. 


This includes cash purchased, fuel used, twitter id if you also tweet your links, coin and cash data, licenses available to purchase or win. (this is one item that gets longer with duration of play.  




Below the license list you will find permissions  status for twitter  and every farm you have available to play on your account. 


followed by whether they have permission to send you promotional emails , coins earned, total fuel from feed, total purchased fuel (includes crafting cottage purchases)


The leaderboard section does not track the weekly leaderboards, but instead where you place in the farm stand each time you have played. This, despite the fact that farmstand placement offers no reward. 



The third section is login history, 



This section lists the times that you have accessed your FarmVille game and from what ip. That can be rather handy ,if you suspect that anyone else has been into your account, you can check for /trace any suspicious ips.


This info also indicates the last time your farm was saved, when you last interacted, last lottery (which looks to be a time tracker for the welcome back gifts) and whether or not you have any subscriptions


Logins is followed by purchases.


This payment history log tracks any time the company has gotten money from you - including purchases and  any time you have watched an ad for Farm Cash. Interesting section. The next time you consider whether it is generous or cheap to give one farm cash for most ads - keep in mind that they're only getting paid 2-5 cents for your time in most cases.


Purchases is followed by friends 




which consists of a list of 


and a list of


and  finally a list of


The sixth and final link is simply a click through to the privacy policy.



What do you think? Do you understand all the ins and outs of the data Zynga retains on you? Do let us know in the comments and please share....











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