Tech in the News: How to Check What Personal Information Facebook Has, and Whether You’re Data Was Shared

Ian Bogost

Posted April 12, 2018

External Article: Romper

Ian Bogost, professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was quoted in the Romper, April 12, article “How to Check What Personal Information Facebook Has, and Whether You’re Data Was Shared.” The School of Literature, Media, and Communication is part of the Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

Excerpt:

So your data may have been shared with Cambridge Analytica, but there are ways to check what personal information Facebook has — if that gives you any sort of comfort. In case you're out of the loop and wondering what happened, in short, Facebook suspended Donald Trump’s data operations team for misusing people’s personal information. Basically, a Facebook app developer (of the "This Is Your Digital Life" app) collected 50 million Facebook profiles (including that of Mark Zuckerberg), and sold that information to Cambridge Analytica, according to The Verge. Facebook said it has hired a forensics team to investigate Cambridge Analytica, which reportedly hasn't yet deleted Facebook user data as promised, The Verge reported, but is allegedly conducting a third-party audit over Facebook data… But this data breach may have a domino effect, many fear. "There are certainly thousands, if not millions, of applications that had similar access and collected similar data — and many are still doing it, although under different terms," Ian Bogost, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and contributing editor to the Atlantic, reportedly told Vox.
 

For the full article, visit Romper’s website.