Find Out If Your Facebook Data Was Compromised By Cambridge Analytica

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Facebook logoIf you're wondering if your Facebook data was compromised as part of the information Facebook shared with Cambridge Analytica, here's where to go to find out.

Facebook is in the process of notifying people if their personal data was shared with Cambridge Analytica yesterday and today, but notifications can be fleeting and are not appearing consistently in the same place, depending on how you access Facebook.
To check if Facebook knows whether your data was given to Cambridge Analytics, log in to Facebook and visit this page:

How can I tell if my information was shared with Cambridge Analytica?

If your data wasn't shared, you'll see this message in a text box:

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 your data was compromised, you'll see one of these three messages in a text box:

Protecting Your Information

1. "We understand the importance of keeping your data safe.
We have banned the app “This Is Your Digital Life,” which one of your friends used Facebook to log into. We did this because the app may have misused some of your Facebook information by sharing it with a company called Cambridge Analytica. In most cases, the information was limited to public profile, Page likes, birthday, and current city.
You can learn more about what happened and how you can remove apps and websites anytime if you no longer want them to have access to your Facebook information.
There is more work to do, but we are committed to confronting abuse and to putting you in control of your privacy."

2. "Based on our investigation, you don’t appear to have logged into “This Is Your Digital Life” with Facebook before we removed it from our platform in 2015. However, a friend of yours did log in.
As a result, the following information was likely shared with “This Is Your Digital Life”:
Your public profile, Page likes, birthday and current city
A small number of people who logged into “This Is Your Digital Life” also shared their own News Feed, timeline, posts and messages which may have included posts and messages from you. They may also have shared your hometown."

3.  "Our investigation indicates you logged into “This Is Your Digital Life” with Facebook before we removed it from our platform in 2015.
As a result, you likely shared the following information with “This Is Your Digital Life”:
Your public profile, Page likes, birthday and current city
Your friends’ public profiles, Page likes, birthdays and current cities
A small number of people also shared their own News Feed, timeline, posts, messages, and friends’ hometowns with “This Is Your Digital Life.”

All in all, Facebook is saying that the data of 87 million people was acquired by Cambridge Analytica.


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This all just proves I was right when I told friends and family that FB wasn't safe. Do you really think FB didn't know what was going on? Wonder how much He got paid to allow that "hack?" Soooo happy I never signed up. Thanx...

I believe safety is relative. I'm much more worried about Equifax collecting every piece of data on my life without my knowledge and permission and then neglecting to protect that information inadequately enough that the data was stolen.

Selling user data is and has been Facebook's business model. The agreement is that people use the service for free, and in exchange allow personal data to be collected and used. Facebook collects a minimum of 98 data points on every user, and collects shadow data on people who aren't on Facebook. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
All of the Creepy Things Facebook Knows About You

If people are aware of that and decide to use the service anyway, that's their perogative. Many of the people I know who use Facebook aren't that troubled by what's happened.
 

 

 

If they got the data of 87 million people it is useless its way to much to process to change the outcome of an election . Its the over collection of data that keeps us private as meaningful processing becomes impossible . Remember on 911 ,
that very day America was possessing over 5000 threats . So relax break in to my face book account and listen to my music completely for free. Bob Forrest Montreal Canada

Data analysis software is far more sophisticated than you are giving it credit for. Even for this amount of data it would be relatively easy to apply recognized qualitative analysis tools and/or drill down to an individual level. If this wasn't the case the Russians and Chinese, to name but two, would not be investing time, people and money doing it. MC - Site Manager.
Exactly. If you look into Facebook's data collection, AI's and algorithims, you would be surprised by the sophistication of the current level of activity, and it's increasing exponentially. It's not only Facebook. Google and other free platforms all collect large amounts of personal data.
Because of Zuckerberg's refusal to commit to any sort of meaningful regulation during his testimony to Congress, Facebook shares rose more than 4% thus increasing his personal net worth by around $3 billion. This is how valuable the markets view Facebook data and how cost effective it is for third parties to also make use of it. MC - Site Manager.

Good comments and a greater username - from the boring username: mmmike....lol.

Thank you! I'm delighted you like the site. :)

Many of us aren't really active on social media but I think it's good to keep on top of what's going on right now.

With Facebook, I think that since the data is already out of Facebook's hands and has been for quite some that there's not a lot to be done at this point - the genie is out of the bottle.  Checking privacy settings in Facebook and making any changes you think are needed is probably the best thing one can do at the moment. If third party apps are used have a look at the agreement. 

Other than that, if Facebook is important to you and you enjoy it, continue using it if it works for you. There isn't a viable alternative to Facebook right now. Deleting accounts isn't having much (if any) impact on Facebook's bottom line in this timeframe. For many people it's their primary source of news, for some it's their only internet access, and for many it's how they keep up with family and friends near and far. 

 

Followed navigation and responses are very non-descript, nor do they match the text above. There's never a yes or no is there? hehe

True. ;)

Nothing is certain and all is subject to change on this topic in this timeframe. It's probable the message would change due to the unfolding situation and locale...especially different countries. :)

I've been around since pre-Windows 95 and when I started we accessed the Internet using a dial-up modem. I can still hear that annoying connection sound attributable to that ancient Internet tool.

Having said that I have not been all that interested in Social Media in general.....I have a facebook account but am not extremely active as most are. With the news of the compromise by Cambridge I have decided to "deactivate" my facebook account and will likely delete it if I don't see some concrete steps taken to protect our privacy.

Keep up the great work, rhiannon! We love this site!