Trial and error
Mark Zuckerberg appeared before congress this week over the recent Facebook scandal. There was a lot to take away about data sharing and ownership, tracking, and targeted ads. Oh and the fact that the Senate don’t understand how Facebook works.
Everyone has been talking about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It is clear that you definitely don’t still own your photos and data after posting them on a free social network. You’re the product. It’s unclear how this one will play out though- will a paid version of Facebook be on the cards?
This Is Your Digital Life
So, were you affected? Can you cast your mind back to around four years ago when the ‘This Is Your Digital Life’ survey was trending on Facebook. In fact, it was a sneaky app that Cambridge Analytica used to access your personal data. The app then gained access to data about you and your Facebook friends. Even Facebook private message inboxes too, apparently.
Even if one of your Facebook friends installed the app, then they may have shared the information that you’ve shared with them, with Cambridge Analytica.
Here’s how you can find out.
The message should (hopefully) read:
Recently, we shared about the potential misuse of your Facebook data by apps and websites. We also shared plans for how we’re taking action to prevent this from happening in the future.
Check below to see if your information may have been shared with Cambridge Analytica by the app “This Is Your Digital Life.
> Was my information shared?
Based on our available records, neither you nor your friends logged into ‘This Is Your Digital Life.’
As a result, it doesn’t appear your Facebook information was shared with Cambridge Analytica by ‘This Is Your Digital Life.’
If you don’t get this message, then your data was shared with Cambridge Analytica. There’s a class action lawsuit in progress against Facebook , so watch this space. People are definitely going to claim compensation for this.
PSA: remember to be extra diligent and review and update the information that you share with Facebook and the public, regularly. Or, download your backup and delete Facebook.