How To Check If Your Facebook Data Was Leaked To Cambridge Analytica?


Facebook has taken upon itself to notify all the 87 million victims of Cambridge Analytica Scandal, whose data may have been leaked by creating a link at the top of their News Feed.

Update: In case you haven’t been able to spot the link at the top of your News Feed, you can visit this link and check if your data was passed on to Cambridge Analytica in one way or the other. Fortunately, I got this: “Based on our available records, neither you nor your friends logged into “This Is Your Digital Life.”

Starting from April 9, users will be able to a see a link titled “Protecting Your Information” on their News Feed. Here, you can find out which apps are connected to your Facebook feed and what kind of information you have shared with those apps.

In case you no longer use an app or wish to stop sharing data with them, Facebook will provide you the option to disable those apps and completely remove third-party access.

Moreover, users whose data was leaked to Cambridge Analytica will receive an additional notice from the company. There are three versions of the messages that are being sent to Facebook users based on whether their data was usurped by the app “This Is Your Digital Life.”

In case of data leak caused by direct logging into This Is Your Digital Life app by a user, the following message would be displayed on the screen.

Facebook data leak notification 1
Image: Facebook Newsroom

If a user’s data was leaked due to a friend who logged into the app, this message given below would be displayed. It says that your basic information such as public profile, page likes, birthday, etc., have been shared.

Facebook data leak notification 2
Image: Facebook Newsroom

For users whose data remain unharmed, Facebook will send the following message along with the new privacy control settings.

Facebook data leak notification3
Image: Facebook Newsroom

Although Facebook is taking corrective measures, yet scores of people feel unsafe on the platform and are shutting down their accounts as details of the data leak emerged. If you feel the same, here’s how to delete your account permanently.

Also Read: Facebook To Add “Unsend” Message Feature After Zuckerberg Caught Deleting Chats
Manisha Priyadarshini

Manisha Priyadarshini

An Editor and a Tech Journalist with a software development background. I am a big fan of technology and memes. At Fossbytes, I cover all aspects of tech but my specific area of interest is Programming and Development.
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