How to check if your Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica

By Emma Crawford

Has your Facebook data been shared with Cambridge Analytica?

Have you been affected?

No doubt you will have heard about Cambridge Analytica – the company that harvested and misused data from over 87m Facebook profiles.

Ironically, Cambridge Analytica didn’t actually crack any passwords, hack accounts or exploit programming vulnerabilities, or do anything that was technically out of order. Instead, they managed to persuade people to trust and approve their Facebook app called “This is Your Digital Life”. Ring any bells? This app was able to access, accumulate and apparently abuse personal data from millions of users.

The sting in the tail is that this not only affected the data of people who installed the app, but that of their Facebook friends as well! So in other words, if your friend (or random person you follow) installed the app, then they might have inadvertently shared with Cambridge Analytica various information that you shared with them, even if you didn’t install the app yourself. Sneak right!

Fortunately, Facebook has come up with a way for you to see if you were affected… Click here to take a look


So what do you do next?

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about it now but it’s important (for everyone) to tighten things up for next time. Review and update the information you share with apps and website via the settings page.

Remember, if in doubt, don’t give it out.