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How to check if Facebook improperly shared your data

Sky News logo Sky News 10/04/2018
The screen that will greet people who were affected by the Cambridge Analytica incident is on the right © Press Release The screen that will greet people who were affected by the Cambridge Analytica incident is on the right

From noon on Monday, Facebook will be revealing to users whether their data was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.

The changes - which are being introduced globally - come alongside an update to the News Feed which will show people what apps they use and what information is shared with those apps.

Users are intended to be able to remove apps that they no longer want in an easier fashion, and as part of this process Facebook will be informing people if their data was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

Affected users will automatically be presented with a notice that says: "We have banned the website 'This Is Your Digital Life,' which one of your friends used Facebook to log into.

"We did this because the website may have misused some of your Facebook information by sharing it with a company called Cambridge Analytica."

The company's phrase "may have misused" seems to be constructed out of a sense of legal caution rather than its ignorance about whether particular users were affected.

Those not affected by the Cambridge Analytica incident will simply read: "You can go to the Apps and Websites section of your settings anytime to see the apps and websites you've used Facebook to log into."

It comes as Facebook's founder and chief executive is set to appear before two Congressional hearings this week, being grilled by the Senate on Tuesday and the House on Wednesday.

Two weeks ago, Mr Zuckerberg made an admission over the Cambridge Analytica scandal,saying: "You may have heard about a quiz app built by a university researcher that leaked Facebook data of millions of people in 2014.

"This was a breach of trust, and I'm sorry we didn't do more at the time."

Although the data was openly given by Facebook to the university researcher, the company has said that this was legitimate and that only its further transfer to Cambridge Analytics was illicit.

The university researcher referenced, Aleksandr Kogan, allegedly developed This Is Your Digital Life, which allowed Cambridge Analytica to potentially unlawfully collect the data of up to 87 million Facebook users.

Meanwhile, the company has warned that it is "reasonable to expect" that potentially every Facebook user has had their phone number and email address scraped from the site.

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