The Cambridge Analytica data leak has snowballed into something big. Facebook is under serious fire and users are thinking about deleting Facebook altogether. Known names to already have deleted Facebook include SpaceX, Tesla, Steve Wozniak, and Cher. 8.7 million accounts were compromised in this leak and if you’re wondering whether or not your Facebook data leaked to Cambridge Analytica, there’s a fairly simple way to find out.
Facebook Will Tell You
According to Mashable, Facebook will tell you itself if your data was stolen by Cambridge Analytica. You will see a notification at the top of you newsfeed telling you that your data may have been compromised (image via Mashable).
Check For Yourself
You can still check for yourself. Visit this link and it will tell you whether or not your information was compromised.
It seems the leak is being attributed to an app called ‘This Is Your Digital Life’. If you or any of your friends ever logged into this app, then your information has been compromised.
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Even if your information has been compromised, Facebook will not tell you which of your friends logged into the app. The app, we’re assuming, is no longer available because an extended Google search could only find an app of a similar name by AT&T and it’d definitely not the same one.
We’re speculating here but judging by the name of the app, it’s either a silly game that most users might try thinking there can’t be any harm in it, like all those Facebook quizzes, or it’s an app that profiles your social activity for you. Either way, what’s mind blowing is that one app alone was the cause of 8.7million account leaks. It seems almost hard to believe. Of all the fake profiles and malicious apps floating around, only one was the source of this leak.
According to Reddit user Freedia, This Is My Digital Life is/was a personality quiz app. It was something along the lines of are you an introvert or extrovert but it used data from your Facebook account to give you whatever results it did. To be fair, quizzes that try to determine whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, or what type of ice cream you are, are generally harmless because they don’t look at your Facebook data. They have you click on images or choose an option from a set of options. We’re guessing This Is My Digital Life either asked more invasive questions or simply asked for complete access to a Facebook account.
Facebook ought to do something about this but we don’t know if it will. In the meantime, if you continue to use Facebook and apps on Facebook, be weary as to what information an app asks for. Also, don’t install that Facebook VPN app. It’s a trap.