“Starting on Monday, April 9, we’ll show people a link at the top of their News Feed so they can see what apps they use — and the information they have shared with those apps. People will also be able to remove apps that they no longer want. As part of this process, we will also tell people if their information may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.”
To check if your personal data was been shared, open Facebook in your PC or mobile web browser, and go to your news feed. You will get a notification at the top of your news feed, with details, if your data was shared or improperly accessed by any 3rd party app or service.
Facebook says that personal data of up to 87 million people may have been shared with Cambridge Analytica. Most of those people are based in the USA.
Facebook has also launched the Data Abuse Bounty to reward people who report any misuse of data by app developers. The bounty programme rewards anyone who comes forward with first-hand info and proof of an app having accessed users’ data for sale, for scams or for political influence.
One thing is clear: Facebook needs to take a stronger position on user privacy. Prevention, it is said, is better than a cure. Facebook needs to let users of its platform have a tighter control of their personal/private information, the very thing it is desperately trying to not do. Which is sad, because all the current measures are curative, not preventive.
We will be back at this point again sooner or later.