Thursday 22nd November 2018

Facebook users can now check whether their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica

Jason Smith
by on 10th April 2018

Facebook has just launched a page which will allow it users to check whether their data has been, as Facebook puts it, “improperly shared” with Cambridge Analytica.

Users looking to check whether their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica by the app “This Is Your Digital Life” can do so here.

The message delivered to Facebook users who haven’t been affected by the Cambridge Analytica snafu reads “Based on our available records, neither you nor your friends logged into ‘This Is Your Digital Life’. As a result, it doesn’t appear your Facebook information was shared with Cambridge Analytica by ‘This Is Your Digital Life’”.

The page will also signify whether some of your friends’ data has been shared with Cambridge Analytica.

A number of Twitter users have already reported being affected by the exchange of data with Cambridge Analytica. The most frequently cited report seems to be of data being shared as a consequence of users’ friends logging in to the ‘This Is Your Digital Life’ app.

For users affected, the message reads “based on our investigation, you don’t appear to have logged into ‘This Is Your Digital Life; with Facebook before we removed it from our platform in 2015.”

This notification then goes onto say “However, a friend of yours did log in. As a result, the following information was likely shared with ‘This Is Your Digital Life’: Your public profile, page likes, date of birth and current city”.

According to an official release from Facebook, data on 87 million users, 70 million of which are US users, may have been shared with Cambridge Analytica.

According to whistleblower Christopher Wiley, the data gathered could consist of more records than the 87 million reported and he also stated the data could be stored in Russia.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will address the issue when he appears before a joint-hearing between the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and the Senate Justice Committee later today.