Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Confesses About ‘Huge Mistake’ That Allowed Access Of Your Personal Information To Third Party
Facebook users are shocked to know that how much personal information they have handed over to various unknown third-part apps thanks to Facebook’s goof-up. The upset users shared their disappointment on Twitter.
Some of the better known apps that may be connected to your profile include those of popular sites like Amazon, Buzzfeed, Expedia, Etsy, Instagram, Spotify and Tinder.
Meanwhile, Zuckerberg has admitted that it the firm made mistakes leading up to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
It comes as the academic who developed the app that allowed under-fire firm Cambridge Analytica to harvest data from up to 50 million Facebook profiles said he had no idea his work would be used to help Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Alexandr Kogan, a psychology researcher at Cambridge University, said both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have tried to place the blame on him for violating the social media platform’s terms of service.
‘My view is that I’m being basically used as a scapegoat,’ he said. ‘Honestly, we thought we were acting perfectly appropriately – we thought we were doing something that was really normal.’
It was revealed that many other apps may also be digging into social media for personal data to be sold on.
But he added: ‘I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic. It made claims that this data is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But the reality is it’s not that. If you look at the data carefully those claims quickly fall apart’.
Most of the users have decided to manually block the permissions that was granted earlier to different apps used with Facebook. However, it is not clear whether you can get back the data that has already been shared via-third parties.
In a startling revelation, a quiz app called This Is Your Digital Life, used by 270,000 Facebook users in 2015, was sold on to Cambridge Analytica after being created by Kogan.
Cambridge Analytica which is currently under scrutiny for its privacy row, is also being accused of using the information during Trump campaign to influence the presidential elections in the US, and also to boost the Brexit campaign in the UK.
The head of the firm, Alexander Nix, was suspended yesterday after Channel 4 News broadcast hidden camera footage of him suggesting the company could use young women to catch opposition politicians in compromising positions.
A footage showed Nix bragging about the firm’s influential role during the Trump campaign. He said that the firm handled ‘all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting’ for the Trump campaign, and used emails with a ‘self-destruct timer’ to make the firm’s role more difficult to trace.
‘There’s no evidence, there’s no paper trail, there’s nothing,’ he said.
Commenting on the scandal for the first time, Zuckerberg said Facebook has a ‘responsibility’ to protect its users’ data.
‘If we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,’ he wrote.
Zuckerberg and Facebook’s No 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, have stayed away from the news which broke out on Friday. Cambridge Analytica’s board, meanwhile, said Nix’s comments ‘do not represent the values or operations of the firm, and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation.’
Politicians have slammed Facebook for failing to protect the privacy of users. Sandy Parakilas, who worked in data protection for Facebook in 2011 and 2012, told a U.K. parliamentary committee Wednesday that the company was vigilant about its network security but lax when it came to protecting users’ data.
He informed that personal data including email address and in some cases even the private messages was allowed to get away from the Facebook servers without any knowledge of how the data would be used thereafter.
Facebook allows you to connect plugin apps specially designed to work with the social network, ranging from games and entertainment to fast-food delivery.
So, how can you protect your privacy? Well, here are some of the ways that you can do it. The first simple method is to simply delete your Facebook account if you are not a total addict. However, there is no guarantee that you will be getting back the data that has already been shared.
I am sure many of you would not be interested to leave Facebook. Here is what you guys can do.
To begin, visit the settings area of Facebook found via the drop-down arrow in the top right-hand corner of your profile page on the desktop version of the site.
Jason Abbruzzese said: ‘Went to check how many apps I’ve connected to through Facebook and… aaaaaaaaaaccckkkkkk.’
Another user Ross McGuinness, who said: ‘My Facebook is connected to 126 different apps! Time to delete every single one.
Then click on the apps tab on the left of the page and click ‘show all’ at the bottom, then you can see, edit, and remove all the apps you’ve ‘consented’ to track your account.
Now, a likely vast list of all apps that can access and view your own personal data will be revealed.
To edit or remove these apps from your list of permitted platforms, simply hover the mouse over one of the options.
Clicking the pencil icon will bring up the edit options and clicking the ‘X’ will bring up the option to remove it.
For each app that has access to the data, users can go in and customize what permissions are granted to each app.
For example, many apps use friends list information, profile information and sometimes even work and educational history.
Each time you connect an app you are giving it permission to record details about you. That includes your name, profile picture, cover photo, gender, networks, username and user ID.