Facebook Launches Help Center Tool to Check if Your Data Was Shared With Cambridge Analytica

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Facebook today launched a new section of its Help Center focusing on user data breaches following the Cambridge Analytica scandal that's been ongoing for the past few weeks. The updated Help Center tool allows you to check to see if any of your Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica (via Matt Navarra).

    The tool specifically details whether or not you or any of your friends ever logged into "This Is Your Digital Life," a quiz app that Cambridge Analytica used to steal information and tailor political messages towards Facebook users. If you or someone you know was affected by the app, Facebook details what information was shared with Cambridge Analytica, including topics like public profile, page likes, birthday, current city, and more.


    Besides the new tool, Facebook has been sharing numerous blog posts in recent weeks about the security and privacy of its users. Most recently, chief technology officer Mike Shroepfer outlined several changes coming to Facebook APIs that will limit the amount of data that apps can collect from users. The company also promised to more prominently notify users of what apps are using their data in links atop their News Feeds, which started appearing for some users yesterday.

    Facebook's Help Center tool launches the same day that company CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be testifying before Congress at 2:15 p.m. PT. According to prepared remarks released by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Zuckerberg is expected to state that Facebook "didn't do enough" to prevent multiple issues from spreading on the social network, namely data privacy.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook has commented on the ongoing Facebook data scandal, telling Recode's Kara Swisher "I wouldn't be in this situation," when asked what he would do right now if he was Mark Zuckerberg. He elaborated: "We could make a ton of money if we monetized our customers. If our customers were our product. We've elected not to do that. ...We're not going to traffic in your personal life."

    On that topic, Zuckerberg responded by stating that Cook's comments were "not at all aligned with the truth," and that just because Facebook is free to use doesn't mean that the company doesn't care about its customers.

    As of the most recent reports, 87 million people have been affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal on Facebook, 70 million of which are located in the United States.

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    Article Link: Facebook Launches Help Center Tool to Check if Your Data Was Shared With Cambridge Analytica
  2. TimUSCA macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    It says I had a friend who logged in with it. Thanks, friend.
  3. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    I deactivated my facebook during the election process last year after I felt I was being bombarded by political ads.

    Facebook used to be pictures of why there is throw up in your college dorm bathroom last night and finding the best place to party. Then it went to keeping in touch with college friends and family members. Now it's just a political playground for bots and trolls and family members who still use it, playing stupid games, accessing apps, and posting their political opinion arguing with bots and people that probably don't even live in the USA.

    After this whole scandal broke I immediately logged back into my facebook and deleted it entirely. I still use Instagram, which I assume is just as bad, but it's really just photos of friends and family and my interests. Facebook acquiring Instagram was the best move it could have made.
  4. groovyf macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2010
    Halifax, UK
  5. PhillyGuy72 macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2014
    Philadelphia, PA USA
    My feelings exactly Tim!
    Most likely some dimwit I never talk to.

  6. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    MySpace is lookin pretty good right about now.

    Although the FaceBook breach did fall in line with the hack of the rest of the online world- Yahoo Mail breach, Equifax breach, etc etc, it would be a little more comforting if the sloppy services would stop trying to convince everyone with lies that they're services are secure.
    Just waiting now for iCloud to go under ....
  7. IPPlanMan macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2009
    Each person on Facebook will one day look back on how much of a scam and waste of precious time it was.
  8. AxiomaticRubric macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2010
    On Mars, Praising the Omnissiah
    Of course! Because caring is sharing. Sharing data.
  9. PG(Austin) macrumors regular


    Sep 24, 2004
    Austin, TX
    Once again, Facebook put the burden of discovering information to protect users on the user. How about Facebook do the leg work and notify those affected and blanket set all users to Opt In? Novel I know.

    And how does this help those of us who already deleted the personal information sucking site from our lives?
    --- Post Merged, Apr 10, 2018 ---
    And when there is a breach and they release the number of users/customers affected, just ahead and double that number immediately.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 10, 2018 ---
    I did about 12 months in to opening an account. Now if I could just get my family to delete theirs and start communicating like real human beings.
  10. Kabeyun macrumors 68000


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    Yes. Trust the Facebook tool about Facebook’s malfeasance.
  11. ericgtr12 macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2015
    From The Onion FTW:

    Area Man Outraged His Private Information Being Collected By Someone Other Than Advertisers

  12. vmistery macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2010
    Looks like I’m ok from this specific breach but I bet there have been others.
  13. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    Same here.

    Without providing any information about myself, all the information about myself was shared.
  14. TheSkywalker77 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2017
    I'm still not using Facebook. There are plenty of other social media sites that are better than it anyway (imo) and I'm worried Instagram might be stealing data too since Facebook owns them.
  15. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2013
    Utah, USA
    I have 2 accounts, one personal and one for business (sort of). The personal one was okay (I don't share anything publicly), the business one had one of my friends log on.

    At the beginning I loathed FB and refused to join up. I did tweet, though. Then all my "Tweeps" on Twitter switched to FB, so I followed suit. It was okay, but now I loathe it again. Other than a few pages (my community has one, the town next to ours, my hometown), it seems stupid and pointless. My timelines are 90+% pictures with words on them.

    I'm with @PG(Austin) We need to go back to real communication that's not being monitized.
  16. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Me too! Yay, I know how to pick good friends :p
  17. Googlyhead macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2010
    I would suggest that the inverse is also true:
  18. Macaholic868 macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2017
    Way too little, way too late. I’ve been done with Facebook for a while now.
  19. ViperDesign macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
    I did the same thing. Deleted Facebook and Twitter. Twitter is completely filled with bots these days.
  20. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    I'm outraged that FaceBook didn't misuse my information.
  21. TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
  22. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
  23. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL

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