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Privacy in the Facebook Era

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Privacy in the Facebook Era

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 18:58
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Hot off the heels of the recent Facebook Cambridge Analytica Scandal, the gateway to the Facebook problem has been pried open for all of us.

Hot off the heels of the recent Facebook Cambridge Analytica Scandal, the gateway to the Facebook problem has been pried open for all of us.

While some are swearing off Facebook permanently and shareholders are panicking, the majority of us, who may not have Facebook stock, but definitely have Facebook accounts are feeling a little uneasy about our data privacy.

If you were visiting another planet and had your eyes and ears closed last week, you may have missed the Cambridge Analytica scandal which basically showed a huge data swoop on Facebook users for Political gain, or so it has been argued and is now being investigated.

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Did this data grab sway the last election? Did getting into the Facebook profiles of millions of people allow powerful companies unfettered access to the inner workings of the minds of voters?

Maybe, maybe not and psychological research is starting to show that we are great at assessing peoples' personalities from their profile pages, less so from when we meet them face-to-face. So maybe gaining unauthorized access to the details of someone's Facebook profile really is the scandal that the press is making it into.  Facebook privacy is very important on several fronts and more information can be gathered from one glance at a profile page, than over a real-time coffee meeting. It also explains why job candidates are warned by Head hunters to clean up their Facebook page before applying for companies.

However, for cybersecurity purposes, back to that whole privacy issue. Whilst Zuckerberg has been left stuttering apologies about the breach of trust for Facebook users, he accepted that it was a mistake to allow third-party developers to access users’ data. This was buffered by his passive finger pointing when he added how much he regretted believing that just because they had asked Cambridge Analytica to delete harvested user data that they would do it. Zuckerberg gave his two cents about regulating tech firms also, saying it's high time we imposed more regulations on technology companies and, Facebook plans to have more than 20,000 employees to closely monitor security and privacy operations by the end of this year.

So, Facebook is promising a "full forensic audit" to root out which 3rd-party apps gained contact with user data without full consent.

Meanwhile, you better take the initiative to handle your data before someone else does,  here is what you can do to stop 3rd-Party Apps who may already be using your data. 

Disable access from third party Apps – Step by Step.  

1. Log into Facebook from your computer

2. Click the downward arrow in the top-right corner and choose 'Settings' and 'Apps' from the menu. This is where you can view all the apps where you have logged into Facebook.

(On your cell phone, open the menu and then select Settings → Account Settings → Apps → Logged in with Facebook).

3. For removing any application, just click or tap on the remove button (cross icon) next to that application.

4. Alternatively you can limit any app's permission by clicking the edit button (pencil icon), next to the cross icon, to view each app’s settings. From this point, you can cancel specific permissions by de-selecting the checkmark next to each data point.

By James Azar on 3/28/18

Article first reported at CyberHub Summit