Ever since the Cambridge Analytica story broke, one thing most of us wondered was whether or not our information was compromised. That knowledge was put on the backburner as Facebook instead focused on changing its app and security settings, all in an effort to calm concerns we all have.
Whether Facebook succeeded there is entirely up to you, and Mark Zuckerberg being called in to testify to Congress is a sign there is still plenty of work left to be done. With an estimated 87 million accounts affected, it could take a while.
Baby steps are still steps, however, so any improvements made to the site are certainly appreciated. But when it comes to Cambridge Analytica the damage has already been done, and now we can check to see if our data was part of the breach.
The truth is out there
Released to each of Facebook's nearly 2 billion users on Tuesday, the tool requires just a few clicks in order to find out if your information was shared with Cambridge Analytica.
If you still have Facebook, you will soon see a notification that will guide you through the process. If you do not want to wait for that, you can manually seek out the information.
You do that simply by clicking on this link. You will need to be logged into your account first.
If neither you nor any friends used that app, the message will instead look like this:
One more time, click on this link to see if your information got caught up in the Cambridge Analytica mess.
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What does it all mean?
It will be interesting to see how people view this revelation. Lawsuits would seem to be a natural next step, with a class action suit already being filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
How he and Facebook go about improving not only their site, but the perception people have of it, remains to be seen. Regardless, it's fair to say that Facebook, at least as we once knew it, no longer exists.
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Facebook has a free tool to remove spy third-party apps, and you'll want it
The prospect of having to manually find and then change every single privacy setting for every app you've ever come across can be pretty daunting.
Depending on how into Facebook you've really gotten over the years, it could take a good chunk of time. There's a quicker way to go about it now.