Facebook Now Telling Users If Data Was Shared With Cambridge Analytica

Facebook has started informing users whose data may have been improperly shared in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

It was recently announced that Facebook would start informing affected users, and people have started to see notifications. In some cases, users may be informed that their data was shared through use of the app “This Is Your Digital Life” — but it’s more likely that users will be informed that a friend logged into that app, thus giving up your information.

If this happened to be the situation that matches your own, Facebook says that “in most cases, the information was limited to public profile, page likes, birthday, and current city.”

A page with “more information” doesn’t offer that much more information, to be honest, though it does note that users who actually logged into the app shared their News Feed, timeline, posts and messages — which may have included any posts and messages they made from you.

Despite Cambridge Analytica’s work for the Donald Trump presidential campaign, the reach of the scandal isn’t limited to the U.S., as users in other countries have been affected.

Not Just The U.S., Not Just Cambridge Analytica

To show just how easy it was for Cambridge Analytica to gather information, The Guardian reports that though only 10 people in New Zealand downloaded “This Is Your Digital Life,” it seems that 63,724 people were impacted by those 10 downloads. This figure also illustrates how few degrees of separation there are among Facebook users, and how totally information can disseminate through social media.

Cambridge Analytica isn’t the only major issue Facebook’s dealing with these days. The social network has also acknowledged strange Messenger issues and the company has been reported to seven European countries for breaking European privacy law.

Anecdotally, we’ve heard from users who’ve either recently deleted their Facebook accounts or are considering it — perhaps we’ll soon hear if people are leaving Facebook en masse.

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy is the former editor in chief of Security Baron. Before, he has worked as a freelance writer and editor at websites like Wirecutter.com and iLounge.com along with publications like the Lockport Union Sun & Journal and the Greater Niagara Newspapers. With digital and print experience under his belt, Phil has a passion for all things technology including home security, cyber security, and the smart home. His bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland College Park initially landed Phil his first job at the Beaver County Times, which has lead to over 15 years of experience as a journalist.

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