Your Facebook privacy settings are important.
Back in April, we wrote about the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica data saga.
Despite Facebook’s attempt at smoothing things over, the scale of this violation illustrates how Facebook’s infrastructure was designed to work.
It wasn’t so much as a data breach, as it was a way of operating for commercial reasons. It all came down to Facebook’s terms of service. Its API was structured to allow third-party developers to raid user data without consequence.
Simply because it is an effective way to push ad revenue and digital activity.
Of course, now Facebook is saying that developers abused it. But the evidence suggests they encouraged app developers to do this.
Take control of your Facebook privacy settings
One way to make sure your data isn’t pillaged it to ‘trash and burn’ your Facebook account
But for some, cutting themselves off from their social media online lives is a step too far.
If you are one such person, here are some simple steps you can take that will stop apps and websites accessing information like your friend list, gender and information you’ve made public.
You can just disable all apps on your account, but that means you won’t be able to log into sites using your Facebook login. Plus, you won’t be to use games or apps via your Facebook account, including apps such as Twitter, Instagram and others.
What you can do is:
- Go to the small triangle at the top right hand corner of the page, click on it and scroll down to ‘Settings’ and click on it
- On the left hand side click on the Apps icon
- From there, click the ‘Edit’ button under ‘Apps, Websites and Plugins.’
- Click ‘Disable Platform.’
If you don’t want to disable all apps on the same page, you can limit the type of information that apps access:
- From the same page, click ‘Edit’ under ‘Apps Others Use’
- Then uncheck the types of information that you don’t want apps to be able to access
Isn’t it time you took back control of your data?