July 19, 2018, 5:55 am
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Facebook to launch breach detector

ON Tuesday morning Philippine time, Facebook users may received one of two messages which will pop up on the top of their Newsfeed. Under the header “Protecting Your Information,” these messages will vary depending on whether the user may have been affected by the alleged breach by Cambridge Analytica or not.

“We have banned the website ‘This Is Your Digital Life,’ which one of your friends used Facebook to log into,” the message explains. “You can learn more about what happened and how you can remove other apps and websites any time if you no longer want them to have access to your Facebook information.”

The notifications will also provide more general guidance about controlling which apps and websites currently have access to your data. Facebook encourages even those who were not affected by the Cambridge Analytica data scandal to click forward to the Apps and Websites page. Once there, users can see which apps have access to their data, and have an option to remove them.

A good point to remember is that apps that were used before 2014 may have also accessed your friend’s information. It was sometime in the second quarter of 2014 that Facebook tightened its restrictions on developers and on sharing data.  

Social media experts said that apps may have compiled thru the years and those apps could continue to be farming updated inforrmation. It is advised that even before clearing the apps, contacting the app developers or vendors directly through their Facebook page or website to clear out personal information.
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