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Recent news have reported that Facebook is facing a crisis after a revelation from British political research company Cambridge Analytica that it has obtained information from Facebook users. This includes that of 50 million users through a ‘legitimate’ method. Gone are the days when safety was only about your child. It now affects adults too.
What makes this revelation so sensational is that Cambridge Analytica did not obtain the data through any illegitimate means like hacking or such. Instead, it used a Facebook app which helped them extract the data of users and their networks.
The truth is, a lot of us do this willingly. People who use Facebook or related sites like these forget that they are giving companies the permission to look at their profiles. This relates to information like your email address, your working experience and even your location at the moment. How this works is that
Most people when you share your data with your friends, you are opening up the channel for the friends to see your data as well through the apps that use them. In Facebook, your name, employer (both present and previous) cannot be seen by:
When you do this, Facebook protects your data by encrypting and anomyizing your data. It must however be noted that Facebook do sell your data (not just you alone but in bulk) to other companies who are might need to target and track people from certain backgrounds.
So, is it even possible to know what apps are using your data through Facebook and how to block them? Just follow the steps below:
Interesting isn’t it? Now that you know how you can see what other apps are doing to your data, it is time to clean up your profile and stop sharing free data to just about anyone.