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YOU AINT SAFE: What does Facebook’s data breach mean for you?

During President Donald Trump’s election, a company by the name of Cambridge Analytica acquired US citizens Facebook profiles using the data to build a program that predicts and influences voters.

According to CNBC, approximately 87 million Facebook users have faced a data breach on the social media network.

(https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/09/facebook-to-notify-users-if-data-was-shared-with-cambridge-analytica.html)

What does this mean for you?

  1. Cambridge Analytica more than likely has your Facebook Profile information

    1. Facebook will notify each affected person if their data was shared for the purpose of political data

    2. Facebook has now simplified the process of reviewing your privacy settings. Download a copy of your information shared on Facebook (such as About, Religious Views, Posts you’ve shared, IP addresses used to login to Facebook & more). Go to Facebook.com/settings for more information

  2. Change your password

    1. If you’re worried about your account being breached, it’s not too late to change your password to something completely UNRELATED to your life & family.

  3. Limit personal information & photos on social media

    1. Of course limit what personal information you share on Facebook such as phone number, home address, location tags.

    2. Be cautious about what posts and photos you share on Facebook. **this is super important if you are currently job searching or friends with coworkers. Remember that what is shared online is never REALLY erased. Your information & photos live online FOREVER.

 

Facebook data breach is just the beginning and will continue to happen. Cambridge Analytica is not the first company that Facebook has shared users’ data with. Facebook has partnered with several third-party app companies such as Tinder, Google, Instagram, etc.

On Facebook’s Data Policy section it states, “We also collect content and information that other people provide when they use our Services, including information about you, such as when they share a photo of you, send a … We receive information about you from companies that are owned or operated by Facebook, in accordance with their terms and policies.”

Are we really safe on social media?

Tweet @bebatonrouge to continue the conversation about Facebook data breach.

 

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