Facebook has introduced a tool with which users can check to see if their data was improperly obtained by political data firm Cambridge Analytica.
According to WIRED, in 2014, a researcher named Alexander Kogan created a personality quiz that 270,000 Facebook users would go on to install. From those downloads alone, he was able to harvest the personal information of up to 87 million people, according to Facebook’s most recent estimate.
The beleaguered social media company has recently added a help section which can tell you whether you or a friend were affected.
Affected users will be prompted to alter their settings. However, Facebook is not notifying individual users of the identity of the friend who used the “This Is Your Digital Life” app which started the firestorm.
Facebook is implementing platform changes to prevent other apps from improperly obtaining data again. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying before Congress to answer questions about his company’s use and protection of user data.
You can check whether your data was shared using this link; https://bit.ly/2JA0EAc