Facebook owners who are worried about protecting their personal information in the wake of the presumed privacy breach by Cambridge Analytica have a few options at their disposal.
The U.K. observations firm has denied any wrongdoing and Facebook has said that, while not any of the information leaked was the result of a data breach, it did appear to involve the desire of personal information from Cambridge Analytica to a third party when that evidence was supposed to have been destroyed.
The scandal has hit Facebook’s stock charge hard, and angry users have launched a social media crusade encouraging people to delete their accounts. Short of taking that leave b go out, there are also a few other things that can help to control how your actual information is used.
Changing account settings
Cambridge Analytica was qualified to collect data on so many Facebook users via a third-party app called thisisyourdigitallife, agreeing to whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who first spoke to weekly British newspaper The Eyewitness. Hundreds of thousands of users were paid to take a personality examination and agreed to have their data collected for academic use, the Observer replied. But the app also collected information on the test-takers’ Facebook friends, the paper chance.
Facebook barred third-party apps from amassing information on users’ friends in 2015. Nonetheless, it’s still worth culture which apps have access to your data and curtailing their access, if you so prefer.
To do this, log into Facebook and click on the drop-down menu in the top right. Realize «Settings» and then click «Apps» to see which have access to your bumf. If you click on the apps listed there, it will show what understandings of information they have access to, such as status updates or space for history. Click «Remove» to halt an app from accessing your figures.
On the same page you’ll find the «Apps, Websites and Plugins» section. Clicking «Polish» and then «Disable platform» will help keep third-party apps from identify with to your Facebook account.
Users also have the option of praying third-party app developers to delete info they’ve collected on them. It may be bloody-minded to find contact information for these companies, however, and there’s no certify that they will in fact erase the information.
Reckoning with the app
Spurning the company’s app on your mobile device provides Facebook with additional avenue to gather information about users, such as their location. Uninstalling it inclination help minimize the data Facebook collects.
There are also parenthetically a vium to limit the data gathered by the app. For example, iPhone users can go to «Settings» on their phone, then to «Retreat» and finally to «Location Services» to choose whether they want Facebook to ferret out your movements. For Android phones, click on «Account Settings,» then «Discovery» and look for Facebook there.
If you decide to keep the app, make sure that you set up a passcode so that, if its demolished or stolen, someone else won’t be able to access sensitive personal report in your Facebook account (or other social media programs).
Rubbing your account
If you’ve decided it’s time to get off Facebook once and for all, it’s fairly undemanding to delete your account if you know where to find the right web leaf. Click this link, then log in to your account and click «Cut My Account.»
«Keep in mind that you will not be able to reactivate your account or save any of the content or information you have added,» the company warns.
It’s possible to download an archive of the disparaging information related to your account, including the photos that you’ve uploaded, which buyers would need to do beforehand. Click on «Settings» in the top right, then on «Download a imitate of your Facebook data, then hit «Start My Archive.»
Also touch on in mind that Facebook may still be able to collect information on you that’s stationed by, say, friends or family who continue using their accounts even after you’ve eradicated yours.