Eighty-seven million Facebook users will found out starting today if their personal data was stolen in the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, one of the largest data breaches of the popular social media network.
According to Facebook, all the users who have had their data shared with the British firm will receive a detailed message on their news feed.
Additionally, 2.2 billion Facebook users around the world will also get a notice titled “Protecting Your Information” featuring a link to see what apps they use and what information they have shared with those apps.
Based on the information, the user can make a learned decision to shut off different apps or stop the access to third-party apps.
The social media platform is currently going through the worst privacy crisis it has faced in the history where the data of 87 million users was breached where 70 million people belonged to the US.
Another reason for the major uproar is the use of data to interfere in the US elections as reportedly the election team of the current US President Donald Trump acquired millions of profiles of US citizens and used the data to build a software program to predict and influence voters.
Facebook discovered that the information was harvested 3 years ago in 2015 but failed in informing the users about the data breach. The firm collected the information through an app called thisisyourdigitallife which was built in collaboration between the Cambridge University academic Aleksandr Kogan and Cambridge Analytica.
Hundreds of thousands Facebook users were then paid a fee to take a personality test via the app where they consented to have their data collected. The data of the participant’s friends was also harvested by the app.
The British firm previously estimated that the data of more than 50 million Facebook users was compromised as a result of the app but last week Facebook revealed that the actual figure is up to 87 million users.