Check your Facebook Privacy Settings
Date: Mar 22, 2018
Find out how to check and change your privacy settings on Facebook.
Great advice from Trusted Reviews:
The entire Facebook/Cambridge Analytica affair highlights just how important it is to keep track of the apps you use − or have used in the past − that are connected to your Facebook account through Facebook Login. This is because the data was gathered through an app called ‘thisisyourdigitallife’, which allowed people to log in to it using their Facebook account.
You can find a list of apps that have access to your Facebook data, such as your name, pictures, birthday and friends list, on the App Settings page.
There’s a good chance the list will be significantly longer than expected.
Clicking each entry in the list shows you the types of data you’ve given them permission to access. By unchecking each box, you can limit how many of your personal details they can get their hands on. You can also unlink the apps from your Facebook account on this page, by clicking the ‘X’ that appears next to them.
However, as Facebook’s FAQ notes, “The app or game may have stored info from when you were using it, but you can contact the developer to ask that they delete any info they may still have.”
You can also switch off Facebook’s integration with apps completely, meaning you won’t be able to log into apps, games and other websites using your Facebook account. To do this, go to Settings, Apps and Websites and Plugins, then select Edit and Disable Platform.
Raj Samani, chief scientist at McAfee, says that using your Facebook account to login to another app “bridges your digital islands, allowing the two companies to collect more data and build an in depth profile about you and your activity.”
He recommends going even further to protect your data. “Set up a new login and password for the apps you’re using. It may take a minute longer but it will help you to avoid data being shared between different services,” he told Trusted Reviews.
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