Check if your Facebook info was taken

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The billionaire boss of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg says he’s sorry for a privacy scandal hitting millions of users. The social media CEO testified Tuesday before Congress about his company’s mishandling of personal data.

As many as 87 million users was improperly obtained by the political consulting and data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica.

“This is Your Digital Life” is the app Facebook calls the culprit of this massive data breach. Facebook says it banned the app in 2015 but not before it collected info of 87 million people, mostly in the U.S.

The data was used to develop methods to potentially influence voters with ads during the 2016 presidential race.

If your data was taken, Facebook says it’s going to let you know with a pop-up message, but you can check right now just a few clicks away.

Find the “help center” by typing it in the search bar at the top of your page. At the help center, search “Cambridge” to find a page that outlines if you or any of your friends had data taken.

Unless you delete your page, Facebook is going to have information about you. You can limit what apps you connect Facebook to and that could help keep your personal data more secure.

This scandal comes about 7 years after Facebook signed a consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission promising it would not share people’s personal data without permission.

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(This story was originally published April 10, 2018)

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