In the aftermath of data selling row involving Cambridge Analytica, the social networking giant has introduced a tool to let you check if your private Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica using both the mobile app and web. No longer want to live in suspicion? You can get the mystery out of the way and take the appropriate action accordingly.
Apart from letting you check whether or not your account was affected, Facebook has also outlined the steps it’s going to take to prevent this mistake from ever taking place in future. And from what I can see, those steps look promising. Better late than never!
How to Find out if your Private Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica Using iPhone and Android
Step #1. Open the Facebook app on your mobile device and then tap on the menu button.
Step #2. Now, scroll down and tap on Help and Support and select Help Center.
Step #3. Next, type in Cambridge Analytica in the search field.
Step #4. Next up, tap on How can I tell if my information was shared with Cambridge Analytica.
On the next screen, check out the message under “Was My Information Shared?”
Hopefully, your information hasn’t been shared without your consent.
Getting it done from the desktop is equally simple.
How to Find out if your Private Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica Using Desktop
Step #1. To find out if your private information like your public profile, birthday, current city that have been shared without your permission, open a web browser on your computer and head over to Facebook’s dedicated page (Ensure that you are signed into your Facebook account).
Step #2. Check out the message under the headline “Was My Information Shared?”
If it says that your information was shared with Cambridge Analytica by the app called “This Is Your Digital Life,” you can remove third-party apps and websites from your Facebook account to safeguard your privacy.
If you don’t want to continue, you will also be able to download your Facebook data before deleting your account. There is also an option to customize your privacy settings to offer additional protection to your personal information.
Facebook has outlined the four major steps it’s going to take to safeguard the personal data of users:
- Disable access to Unused apps
Facebook will automatically remove an app’s access to your information if you haven’t used it within the last three months.
- Alert you when an app misuses your data
If the social networking app removes an app for misusing data, it will inform everyone who used that app.
It’s also creating a way to find out if your data might have been accessed through “thisisyourdigitallife,” the app that sent data to Cambridge Analytica.
- Limiting Facebook Login data
The social networking giant is going to change the way login works to cut down the data that an app can request without app review.
Moreover, apps will be able to request only name, profile photo, and email address. They will need to have the approval of Facebook in order to request other data.
- More convenient way to manage the apps you use
The app already shows the apps your account is connected to and the data you have allowed those apps to use.
Now, the social giant is going to add a tool at the top of the News Feed to help you manage them with ease.
Was Your Private Facebook Data Was Shared With Cambridge Analytica?
As per reports, the personal information of 87 million people was taken by Cambridge Analytica. While 70 million of the affected accounts are in the United States, 17 million accounts are from elsewhere in the world. What’s your take on the entire episode? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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