As Mark Zuckerberg testifies before US Congress on the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook has released a method for users to find out whether their data was breached.
Techly has been following the Cambridge Analytica story since it broke last month, and Facebook users will now be able to find out if they are one of up to 87 million users whose personal data was breached.
On this page, Facebook will automatically tell you whether or not your information was shared.
Breached by Cambridge Analytica via an app called “This Is Your Digital Life” in 2015, the page checks whether your profile provided the app with personal information.
You don’t even need to have logged into the app yourself in order to be at risk of a privacy breach. Whilst only 270,000 users actually used the app, Facebook allowed developers to ask for information on users’ friends.
Even if “This is Your Digital Life” doesn’t ring any bells, there is still a chance your Facebook data was breached.
Estimates suggest up to 311,000 of the 87 million affected users are Aussies.
At the end of 2015, Facebook changed its regulations for external developers and security and scrapped the ability for developers to receive information about users friends.
So, whilst collecting the information was not considered a misuse of data in 2015, the act of transferring the data into a separate system for advertising purposes fully abused the terms of service.
The data gathered was used by Cambridge Analytica to influence Facebook users in the lead-up to a number of high-profile events, including the UK’s Brexit Referendum and the 2016 US General Election.
Find out more about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal here.