Here's how to check if your Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica

13 April 2018 - 10:50 By TimesLIVE and Reuters
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted to Congress this week that he was among the nearly 87-million people whose personal information was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

So if the chief executive officer of the world’s largest social media network was affected by the data harvesting carried out by the firm, how can you find out whether your data was shared as well?

Facebook has created a section that will inform you if you or any of your friends logged into the 'This Is Your Digital Life' app - the app that was responsible for sharing data with Cambridge Analytica.

Here is the link to the tool.

You can also review and update your security settings.

Zuckerberg's admission that even the company’s tech-savvy founder was unable to protect his own data underscored the problem Facebook has in persuading skeptical lawmakers that users can easily safeguard their own information and that further legislation governing Facebook is unnecessary.

He said it would take “many months” to complete an audit of other apps that might also have improperly gathered or shared users’ data.

“I do imagine that we will find some apps that were either doing something suspicious or misusing people’s data,” he said.

In a series of questions on how people can remove data from Facebook, Zuckerberg said the company does “collect data on people who are not signed up for Facebook, for security purposes.” He had no response when asked how a non-Facebook member could remove information without signing up for the service.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Capitol Hill in Washington this week after millions of users' privacy was compromised by the giant social media network.

Meanwhile Facebook-owned Instagram has announced it plans to create a data portability tool that gives users the ability to download their information since 2010.  Watch the video below to find out more:


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