Did Cambridge Analytica get your data? You’ll know soon
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Did Cambridge Analytica get your data? You’ll know soon

Facebook’s new tool on the news feed will let users check which apps they use and what information has been shared.

tech Updated: Apr 07, 2018 09:38 IST
Press Trust of India
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Facebook’s tool will let user turn off access to third-party apps completely.(AP)

Anyone who’s been wondering if their private Facebook data might have been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal will soon get their first clues.

Starting Monday, all 2.2 billion Facebook users will receive a notice on their feeds, titled “Protecting Your Information,” with a link to see what apps they use and what information they have shared with those apps.

If they want, they can shut off apps individually or turn off third-party access to their apps completely.

In addition, the 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a more detailed message informing them of this.

Facebook says most of the affected users (more than 70 million) are in the US, though there are over a million each in the Philippines, Indonesia and the U.K.

Reeling from 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.

First Published: Apr 07, 2018 09:33 IST