What Apps Are Tracking You On Facebook? And How To Block Them!
Facebook is going through it right now. Stocks are taking a hit. They've lost nearly $80 billion in market value since this whole Cambridge Analytica scandal. Word is that even now, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to testify before Congress. UK Lawmakers want a sit down with him too so he can provide evidence on the data scandal!
It didn't get the data through a hack, but reportedly through a Facebook app which gave a researcher user data – and also the data of their friends.
Most people forget that when they download an app or sign into a website with Facebook, they are giving those companies a look into their Facebook profile. Your profile can often include your email address and phone number as well as your work history and current location. And most people don't realize that if you're sharing that data with friends, then apps used by those friends can see that data as well!
Advertisers, Facebook-app developers, and Facebook ad-tech partners can't see your name, your phone number, or your employer – Facebook encrypts and anonymizes all the data to protect your privacy. But it does sell that data in bulk to companies who want to target and track both you and people like you.
So, how do you SEE and BLOCK all the apps tracking you on Facebook?
1. To start off, go to the arrow symbol on the far right of your Facebook page.
2. We're going to be taking a deep dive into the settings.
3. Once you're in the settings, go to Apps.
4. This is the shocking bit, the list of company apps that are tracking you on Facebook. Apparently, I have allowed 66 apps access to my Facebook account. Be sure to click on the "show all" button to get the full list.
For the complete instructions (a step by step guide with photos included), please follow the article below. We even include a video below this article.
Facebook is currently facing a scandal over the use of its data by British political research company Cambridge Analytica. The company reportedly obtained the personal information of 50 million Facebook users. It didn't get the data through a hack, but reportedly through a Facebook app which gave a researcher user data - and also the data of their friends.