Was YOUR Facebook Data Stolen By Cambridge Analytica? Here’s How To Find Out
Of Facebook’s 2.2 billion worldwide users, about 87 million users had their data stolen by Cambridge Analytica. But how do you find out if YOU are among one of those not-so-lucky 87 million? Fortunately, there’s a pretty quick way to find out. But before we get into all that, who is Cambridge Analytica, and what kind of data did they steal?
Cambridge Analytica is a political data firm that gained access to the private data of more than 87 million Facebook users.
The firm was hired by President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign and offered tools that could not only identify American Facebook users’ personalities but also influence their behavior (yikes!).
The stolen data includes details on Facebook users’ identities, their network of friends as well as what they’ve liked. But how do you know if your data was stolen? Facebook should be rolling out notifications to each user soon, where they will be prompted to this screen below.
Basically, if you’re data was stolen, your newsfeed will resemble the phone on the right. If your data wasn’t compromised, your screen will be looking like the one on the left. Simple enough? Eh, not quite.
Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is in some deep doo-doo. Recently, the 33-year-old billionaire was grilled by Congress for 10 hours on how such a data scandal could come about.
Although the outlook for what will happen next isn’t very clear, Facebook could potentially be subject to hefty fines as multiple legislators raised the point that Facebook’s data policies with third-party apps violated a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission confirmed last month that it has Facebook under an investigation.
We’ll have to see how the cookie crumbles with this one.
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