Facebook is under fire as CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned by a parliamentary committee to give personal evidence around the use of personal data by Cambridge Analytica (CA), who is accused of utilizing over 50 million Facebook users information.
CA, a London-based firm, has denied any allegations. BBC has covered this story over the past few days taking many different angles. They touched on the fact that Facebook has lost over 50 billion dollars from its market value.
Another short story explained how Zuckerberg was not in attendance at an open meeting, Tuesday, to discuss the issue. The story is staying hush hush right now as no one has publicly spoken about the issue since it was released.
Protecting your private information, and data, on Facebook and any other social media platform has become a great issue today. BBC has put together a tip sheet for those looking to protect themselves from people stealing data in the future:
- Keep an eye on apps, especially those which require you to log in using your Facebook account – they often have a very wide range of permissions and many are specifically designed to pick up your data
- Use an ad blocker to limit advertising
- Look at your Facebook security settings and make sure you are aware of what is enabled. Check the individual app settings to see whether you have given them permission to view your friends as well as yourself.
- You can download a copy of the data Facebook holds on you, although it is not comprehensive. There is a download button at the bottom of the General Account Settings tab. However bear in mind that your data may be less secure sitting on your laptop than it is on Facebook’s servers, if your device is hacked.
Another simple way to save yourself is to simply delete your Facebook account, but in a world where we are in constant connection one another that is not a truly viable option. Especially for journalists. Data is being exploited all the time, so to protect yourself 100% is going to be difficult.