23-Jul-2018

Facebook launches tool to check whether your data was compromised

CALIFORNIA April 11: Facebook has launched a new tool that lets you check whether your data was harvested by Cambridge Analytica.
 
Starting today, Facebook's 2.2 billions users began to receive a notification on their newsfeed.
 
Titled 'Protecting Your Information,' it contains a link to let you see what apps you use and what information you have shared with them.
 
A separate tool lets you manually check whether you or your friends logged into the 'This Is Your Digital Life' quiz responsible for the data grab. 
 
Around 87 million users who may have had their information shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a more detailed message explaining this, according to Facebook.
 
However, the whistleblower behind the revelations about the consultancy firm says the true number affected by the scandal could be far higher. 
 
Facebook is still reeling from its worst privacy crisis in history, which saw Trump-affiliated company Cambridge Analytica use data mining to try and influence the US presidential election. 
 
A class action lawsuit filed against the firm yesterday is now seeking compensation for the roughly 70 million US users who were affected as 'Facebook stood idly by' while Cambridge Analytica 'sucked down' their data.
 
Facebook says most of the users caught up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal are in the US, with more than a million each in the Philippines, Indonesia and the UK. 
 
For those not affected by the Cambridge Analytica incident the message reads: 'You can go to the Apps and Websites section of your settings anytime to see the apps and websites you've used Facebook to log into.'  
 
A separate 'How can I tell if my info was shared with Cambridge Analytica?' tool will also resolve the question for you.