Up to 87 million profiles could have been compromised.
Was your Facebook data shared with Cambridge Analytica?
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably been seeing news everywhere about how Facebook is now in hot water for not securing the information of its users.
It's estimated that up to 87 million Facebook users' data have been compromised and misused by firm Cambridge Analytica.
Cambridge Analytica used an app called "This Is Your Digital Life" to extract information (such as biographical data and page likes) from Facebook profiles. When Cambridge Analytica extracted Facebook users' data, it was able to create profiles based on that data and target ads to these users.
That might not seem like a big deal to you, but when third-party apps have your data at their disposal, that can have big implications. Cambridge Analytica has admitted that its data and research has been used in many elections, even helping Trump win the US presidential race in 2016.
And it's not just Cambridge Analytica that's the problem. Before 2015, apps were able to gain access to you and your friends' profiles. That personality quiz or game? That could have very well been harvesting your data — and you signed them over when you accepted their terms (because who reads the terms and conditions anyway?).
Now, there's no way to find out if your data has been shared with other third-party apps, apart from This Is Your Digital Life. Read on to find out how to check if your Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica
Facebook has created a support page to inform users whether or not their personal data was shared with the firm. You can visit the page here.
If neither you nor your friends ever logged into the app, you would get a notice like this:
Before This Is Your Digital Life was removed from Facebook in 2015, only 270,000 had used the app. But Cambridge Analytica was able to extract so much data because at the time, Facebook allowed developers to collect data about users' friends.
This means that even if you never used the app, if one of your friends did, your data was likely compromised. Cambridge Analytica said that it collected the data of 30 million users, but Facebook says that this number could be as high as 87 million.
If one of your friends has used the app, you'd get a notification like this:
If there's anything we can learn from this, it's to be more careful with what we share on social media, and to be a little more careful when using apps. Read the terms of service, change your privacy settings, and urge your friends to do the same.
Was your Facebook data shared with Cambridge Analytica? We hope this article helped you find out.
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