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In light of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica controversy a #deletefacebook has begun to trend.

Cambridge Analytica was suspended from Facebook last week after it emerged that data on 50 million Facebook users had not been destroyed as agreed.

The reports from the Guardian revealed how the data company exploited information from millions of people in the lead up to the 2016 election. How you ask, simply by creating a personality test app which people opted in to take, granting them permission to scrape personal data.

Facebook has a lot to answer for but now is the time to start protecting your data. You may be surprised to see which apps you’ve allowed to scrape your data over the years.

Facebook is moderately transparent about what kind of data apps are able to access when you connect them to your profile, but that doesn’t mean you are aware of which ones can. Here’s how to check your app settings on Facebook:

How To Check On Desktop –

  1. Log into Facebook.
  2. In the top right hand corner, click the downward facing arrow.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. In the left-hand sidebar, click Apps.
  5. You will see all the apps that you have granted access to your Facebook.

How to Check On A Mobile –

  1. Go onto the Facebook app.
  2. Click on the 3 lines in the bottom right hand corner for a iOS user or at the top for an Android user.
  3. Scroll down and click on Settings.
  4. Select Account Settings.
  5. Scroll down again and click Apps.
  6. Then tap Logged in with Facebook to see the apps that have access to your account.

Here you will be able to see all the apps you’ve logged into with Facebook, most are likely to be fine like Amazon but other should be removed. You aren’t likely to remember when you granted these apps access to your account but they have access to a lot of data so you should remove them ASAP.

Luke Stanley