Have you been wondering if your private Facebook data might have been shared in the Cambridge Analytica scandal? Now you can know for sure. Here’s how:
Open this link: https://www.facebook.com/help/1873665312923476?ref=shareable
There is a subhead with the following text:
“How can I tell if my info was shared with Cambridge Analytica?
Recently, we shared information about the potential misuse of your Facebook data by apps and websites. We also shared plans for how we're taking action to prevent this from happening in the future. Check below to see if your information may have been shared with Cambridge Analytica by the app This Is Your Digital Life”.
This link shows what apps you use and what information they have shared with those apps. If you want, you can shut off apps individually or turn off third-party access to their apps completely. Strongly recommended.
I checked my information and Thankfully, it was not shared by Cambridge Analytica.
The company, in addition to this, also answers the following questions:
How is Facebook preventing platform abuse?
Why do apps need access to my info?
Do I have to use my name when I'm using my Facebook account to access games and apps?
How do I report an app that’s asking for my info?
What should I do if someone shares an intimate photo of me without my permission?
What is the Cambridge Analytica issue
Facebook is reeling under its worst privacy crisis in history — allegations that this Trump-affiliated data mining firm may have used ill-gotten user data to try to influence elections — Facebook is in full damage-control mode, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledging he's made a "huge mistake" in failing to take a broad enough view of what Facebook's responsibility is in the world. He's set to testify before Congress next week.
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie previously estimated that more than 50 million people were compromised by a personality quiz that collected data from users and their friends.
That Facebook app, called This is Your Digital Life, was a personality quiz created in 2014 by an academic researcher named Aleksander Kogan, who paid about 270,000 people to take it. The app vacuumed up not just the data of the people who took it, but also — thanks to Facebook's loose restrictions — data from their friends, too, including details that they hadn't intended to share publicly.
Facebook later limited the data apps can access, but it was too late in this case.
Zuckerberg said Facebook came up with the 87 million figure by calculating the maximum number of friends that users could have had while Kogan's app was collecting data. The company doesn't have logs going back that far, he said, so it can't know exactly how many people may have been affected.
Cambridge Analytica said in a statement on Wednesday that it had data for only 30 million people.