Facebook Enters Damage-Control Mode & Notifies Users If Their Data Was Sold

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More users received notifications on their News Feeds telling them if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

According to Facebook, more than 70 million users are in the U.S.

If you’re wondering how you can find out if your data was taken as well, it’s good to note that Facebook will provide links to users so that they can find out everything that they need to do if their data was taken by Cambridge Analytica.

Users will receive a notice called “Protecting Your Information”

“In the next month, we will show everyone a tool at the top of your News Feed with the apps you’ve used and an easy way to revoke those apps’ permissions to your data. We already have a tool to do this in your privacy settings, and now we will put this tool at the top of your News Feed to make sure everyone sees it,” Mark Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook page.

More than that, all 2.2 billion Facebook users all over the world will get a notice section called “Protecting Your Information” that will include a link to see what apps they are using and what data users have shared with those particular apps.

Facebook is now in full damage-control mode

Users will also get the chance to shut off the apps individually and turn off third-party access to their apps entirely.

After the massive Cambridge Analytica scandal, Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that he made a colossal mistake and failed to take a more in-depth view of Facebook’s responsibilities towards its users.

What should you do from now on?

Once you add an app to your Facebook or if you use your Facebook account to log into another site, it’s pretty easy to forget the considerable exposure that you’re ricking.

If you choose to link an outside app to your Facebook account, you should make sure to research the company and the ways in which it might use your personal data. You should also check which apps you are signed up for in a desktop browser or Facebook’s mobile apps.

We remember the good old days in which Facebook apps used to be a big deal and a fun way to spend your breaks leading to the massive popularity of YoVille, Farmville and more.

Now, we’ve reached the point in which even if you haven’t downloaded a Facebook app, unfortunately, you may already have given developers the green light to access your data.

Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up till now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.


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