Here's how to find out if your Facebook profile was used by Cambridge Analytica

Here's how to find out if your Facebook profile was used by Cambridge Analytica
It's hard to believe how the world has changed in 21 days. Three weeks ago, we passed along the news that millions of Facebook profiles had been obtained by a consulting firm named Cambridge Analytica without users' permission. The data was obtained by them through a Russian-American researcher named Aleksandr Kogan, who was not supposed to release the information to anyone. Facebook might have violated a 2011 consent decree signed with the FTC that prevented the company from using personal data without getting permission from its owner. 

As a result, Facebook has been under fire. Many have deleted the app, or have stopped using the social network. Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify in front of both the Senate and the House starting tomorrow, and a 24 hour boycott of Facebook and its associated apps will start Wednesday morning. Facebook has made some changes to prevent something like this from happening again, and starting today the company will alert users if their personal data was among the 87 million profiles (and possibly rising) used by Cambridge Analytica.

Would you like to know how to determine whether you were one of the 87 million? A notification will be seen at the top of your Facebook newsfeed starting today. If your profile was obtained by Cambridge Associates, the notification will relate how Facebook has banned a site called "This Is Your Digital Life" because it improperly shared your Facebook info with Cambridge Analytica. You can tap on a link that will show you how you're affected. Others will see a notification that discusses a new feature that allows Facebook members to control which apps have access to their personal data (see the images at the bottom of this story).

Facebook has also banned data analytics firm CubeYou for improperly handling data it received from personality quizzes. Canadian firm AggregateIQ has also been banned and is under investigation by the Canadian government.


source: Facebook

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14 Comments

1. Jacksie66 unregistered

Feck Facebook. Shower of bastards.

2. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

bye facebook, be careful on what you post on social media folks

3. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

switched to Instagram already

4. Jacksie66 unregistered

Instagram? You do know it's owned by Facebook...

11. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Unfortunately true

5. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I wanna know if my profile was used by Obama's and Hillary's election campaigns. How can I find out? Thanks

6. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

They don't use your profile.

12. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

OK! Thanks. But should'n we have an article about, how many profiles they did use on Obama's and Hillary's election campaigns? And other one about, how the ppl could find out if their profiles were used?

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6824; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Doesn't really matter now does it?? Well...unless you were planning on voting for Hillary only to be swayed by some well placed Trump ads?? One day they say 50 million, the next they say over 87 million, next it's more than that...the fact that Canadians profiles were compromised over a US election - may as well just assume every profile was scraped (in North America anyway).

7. RevolutionA

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Damnnn!!!!! They stole my data?!!

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Nope. They stole nothing. They did gather your public info though

10. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 593; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Don't these guys own whatsapp? We in alot of trouble. Time to go back to BBM, TANGO or VIBER.

13. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

easy! just use facebook

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