The New York Times and the Observer broke a huge story earlier this week on the research firm Cambridge Analytica and their procurement of personal data from as many as 50 million Facebook users. That data was used on Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign, apparently the brain child of Steve Bannon of Breitbart fame. Facebook are currently claiming that Cambridge Analytica and its associates broke the rules in their retention and use of the data farmed, it might not have really been a breach at all. Apparently as many of 270,000 of us ticked the box ourselves and handed over our own personal data, as well as the data of our friends and family, in exchange for a crappy personality quiz.
When developers create an app, they can request to see your relationship status, education history, and religious and political beliefs, but only if you let them. You've got a great opportunity to go over your third party app permissions and lock it all down, because Trump really doesn't need to know which flavour La Croix is your favourite. Here's how you do it:
Open Up Your Settings
Remove the Apps
You can click 'Remove' on any apps you don't recognise and trust, or you can edit the permission you've given them so they can only see your most basic info. If they've already saved your data, this unfortunately won't effect that but you do have an option to send a message to the developer to delete any information they have on you when you remove them from your profile.