Curious about whether Cambridge Analytica accessed your Facebook data? Some of you can now find out.
Facebook started rolling the notice out to some users at 9 a.m. PT on Monday, according to Wired. Other users will see the notice later on.
A message titled “Protecting Your Information” will show up on your Facebook page with one of two notices. If you or a friend was connected to the “This is Your Digital Life” quiz that’s the source of Cambridge Analytica’s data, you’ll see a message telling you the quiz was banned. It will notify you that some of your Facebook information might have been misused and will include a link for you to click to see how you’re affected.
If no one in your network accessed “This is Your Digital Life,” you’ll see a different message — still titled “Protecting Your Information” — that makes it easier to see what apps and websites are linked to your Facebook account.
Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The new tool comes ahead ofabout Cambridge Analytica. It’s the biggest scandal in the social network’s 14-year history, and the US government wants Zuckerberg to explain how so much personal data could have been shared about users — as well as what he’s doing to prevent this happening in the future.
In terms of Cambridge Analytica, personal info from about 300,000 users was originally collected in 2013 for a personality quiz app called “This is Your Digital Life,” designed by Aleksandr Kogan, a Cambridge University researcher. Because of how Facebook worked at the time, Kogan was able to access data from friends of the quiz takers — up to 87 million of them — and share the information with Cambridge Analytica. The data analytics firm then used the data to help the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
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