By now you’ve probably heard about Cambridge Analytica, the company at the centre of a very big storm. They stand accused of harvesting the private Facebook data millions of people without their direct permission.
This data was then allegedly used in the dark arts of electioneering in a number of countries, including America.
According to reports by several publications, Cambridge Analytica used this and other information to create detailed psychological profiles of Facebook users.
These users were then micro-targeted with political adverts with very specific messaging. It’s pretty scary.
While the app that’s caused the most fuss is a personality quiz from some years ago, lots of apps gather your data.
If you’ve ever opened an app and selected the option to “log in with Facebook” instead of creating an account, it’s likely that the companies behind these apps know all sorts of things about you.
Facebook say it has tightened up measures since the “personality app” harvested people’s data, but every time you use Facebook to log in somewhere, your data gets shared.
According to the social network, each app you grant permission to will get the following details from your profile:
The app will also get access to your full friends list and any other public information on your profile.
Yep, pretty scary, right?
Chances are you’ve not even considered how many apps you’ve logged into with the “log in via Facebook” and when you do a little check up, you might get a shock.
Now, you might think you’re safe, but big brother is always watching and it’s better to be safe than sorry
First, you want to see which apps have access to your data.
On your desktop or in the mobile app, tap the drop-down menu on the top-right side of Facebook and select “Settings.”
Select the “Apps” option. This is on the left side of the page on desktop. On mobile, simply scroll down the settings page.
This will show all the apps you have given access to.
To delete an app, select it and tap the “X” button in the right corner, then select remove.
Data that you’ve previously shared will still be available to the app, but it won’t get any new data on you.
You might want to keep sharing your details with some apps – but you can edit what these apps know about you quite simply.
Instead of clicking X to delete, click edit for the apps you still want connected to your Facebook profile.
Then unchecked options that let’s it view your friends list and e-mail address.