2 things to do to avoid Facebook harvesting your data

March 20th, 2018 / Allie Redmond

You’ve probably seen all the stuff in the news about harvesting Facebook data for ulterior motives.“Hundreds of millions of Facebook users are likely to have had their private information harvested by companies that exploited the same terms as the firm that collected data and passed it on to Cambridge Analytica, according to a new whistleblower. Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way” as The Guardian reported today. He has been quoted to say “It has been painful watching. Because I know that they could have prevented it.”

Sandy Parakilas was a platform operations manager at Facebook and his job was to watch out for data breaches by third-party software companies. But, he told the Guardian that he “warned senior executives at the company that its lax approach to data protection risked a major breach.”

As your friendly neighbourhood social media agency, there are two things you can do to protect yourself from this kind of thing happening!

1. Most of this data is harvested through apps which you’ve given permission to access your Facebook account. If you go here: you can see all apps you’ve ever allowed to do this. Yep, even Robot Unicorn Attack. If you’re anything like us you’ll have loads of legit ones like Fitbit, Groupon, Instagram etc. but also a load of weird ones you’ve forgotten about like “which Game of Thrones house do you REALLY belong to?” Any that you don’t remember, don’t use or look a bit dodgy, click the X to delete them. Sorted.

2. Delete your account.

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