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How To Check To See If Facebook Shared Your Data With Cambridge Analytica

Published April 10, 2018

Unless you are living under a rock, you probably have heard all the news around Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Specifically how your data may have been shared with them and maybe Russia.  Supposedly 87 million users may have been impacted by this. It was not a "data breach" or security issue, but rather Facebook's very own API and SDK allowed for this back in the day.  Technically, the way the data was ultimately used was against Facebook's terms of service but still.

To check if you are one of those 87 million users, Facebook set up a page to tell you over here.  You need to be logged in to see the result, of course.  It will tell you if the app that captured this data was ever used by you or your friends.  

Somehow I was not part of this, although, I rarely use Facebook outside of just posting links to my news stories:

So make sure to check it out and if you were part of the group, I am not sure what recourse you have outside of likely several class action lawsuits where you might make enough money for the postage you are using to mail back the class action form.  

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Barry Schwartz is the CEO of RustyBrick, a New York Web service firm specializing in customized online technology that helps companies decrease costs and increase sales. Barry is also the founder of the Search Engine Roundtable and the News Editor of Search Engine Land. He is well known & respected for his expertise in the search marketing industry. Barry graduated from the City University of New York and lives with his family in the NYC region.

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