Under Facebook’s terms of service at the time, this secondary data could only be used for “improving the user experience” and could not be resold.
The onus is on you to protect your data and privacy, and yourself.
While both parties have denied explicit wrongdoing, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are facing whistleblower claims this data was used to support Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign, with the latter firm also being said to have yielded influence over other democratic votes including the European Union referendum.
The organization is voting with its money following the misuse of user data by Cambridge Analytica, as it tries to force Facebook into taking privacy more seriously.
Sandberg’s apology came five days after reports revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm with ties to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, had used the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway voter sentiment.
How? Whenever people opened a quiz, for example or a new app, they were encouraged to tick the permission boxes granting access to their friends’ data.
Last week, whistleblower Christopher Wylie, a Cambridge Analytica employee, blew the lid on Cambridge Analytics and their hand in using information from 50 million American users without their knowledge. Facebook has done an excellent job of embedding itself into the fabric of our everyday lives, so for many people deleting it means cutting yourself off from family, friends, events, and more.
Late Wednesday, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized for the company’s handling of a row over user privacy, while promising tougher steps to restrict developers’ access to such information.
Facebook also has its claws in the things you do on your phone for fun, but you can stop that too. Press the icon at the right, and you’ll see a list of them.
You are able to uncheck certain aspects of this accessible information, but some apps require you to share your information in order for them to work, so if you don’t want one of these apps to have access to your public profile, you will then need to delete that specific app. “Facebook knows a great deal about their two billion users – perhaps more intimate information than any other company does”, said Mozilla.
On the same page you’ll find the “Apps, Websites and Plugins” section.
Tap on “Platform.” This is where you can tap “edit” to turn the apps feature on or off entirely.
To use this app, however, users had to consent to give the app access to their and their friends’ Facebook profiles. This is relevant to the thisisyourdigitallife case. You can narrow down options based on geography, or what kind of Friend you want to share with.
But if you’re concerned about your privacy, you may be concerned about the damage that has already been done.
Safeguarding your privacy in the mobile world is a complex issue and keeping it under control a hard ask. So, unless you’re going to go all in and delete your account, you need to address how much of your information third-parties can access with the Facebook API. On the plus side, thanks for the reminder to unfriend you, Kelley from Texas, whom I worked with for six months at a restaurant I hated.