About one month ago, it was discovered that Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of Facebook users without their explicit consent. If you or any of your friends had anything to do with a quiz named “This is Your Digital Life”, your privacy may be at risk.
Luckily, Facebook is currently rolling out a feature designed to notify affected users about the unfortunate events. Be sure to pay attention to the top of your news feed, where you will be notified of what you need to know and the steps that need to be taken.
In these notifications, Facebook will reveal additional information about the questionable quiz and what you can do to have firmer control over which apps can access your Facebook information.
Here’s the catch: if your account hasn’t been affected by the now-banned quiz, Facebook will link to the broader settings page instead, so you can protect yourself from similar events in the future.
The world’s most popular social network has revealed that the cybersecurity and personal privacy fiasco has impacted up to 87 million of its users. Allegedly, the quiz also collected political data revealing how the affected users were going to vote in Donald Trump’s election campaign.
Later this week, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, will testify in front of Congress to reveal further details about the Cambridge Analytica scandal. He has already apologised for the events that transpired, and reportedly, Facebook users will have even more ways to protect their personal data as time goes on.