How do I know if Facebook has disclosed my data to Cambridge Analytica - Step by step

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Catherine Le Nevez
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Since the use of social networking has become common, we pay less and less attention to the security policies that are used. In general, we trust that our personal information is safe and not in danger.

It is common that every time we download an application or enter a page we ignore the privacy policies. But we have to be very careful and take some time to read the terms we are accepting.


Since we may accept that our personal information is shared for different purposes. It is important to keep this in mind, as it could bring us consequences that affect our personal life.


How do I know if Facebook has disclosed my data to Cambridge Analytica?

Facebook, on the other hand, is the social network with the largest number of users in the world, it is a page where we interact with other people through our profile. Facebook has always been known to provide us with security when it comes to managing our personal information, allowing you to put your private profile, put your private photos, hide your friends list, all so that strangers do not access your information.

But recently a scandal was revealed that got this company in big trouble. Highlighting that you have signed contracts with Cambridge Analytica. Which caused quite a stir.

It was a personal data analysis company that carries out personality studies by creating psychological profiles of individuals. This information was used in election campaigns to get the most votes.

The scandal came to light when Facebook realized that they were using the personal information of its users to create profiles through psychological tests. And access to the contact list of each person who created them.



When Facebook asked Cambridge Analytica to delete all data, it was too late, because the data of more than 87 million people were spread across the web. From there was born the controversy that still continues to generate requests.

On the other hand Facebook has created tools that allow us to find out if our profiles have been affected by this leak of information, here we will learn how to find out.

Steps to find out if Facebook filters my data on Cambridge Analytica

It should be noted that of the 87 million affected users, 70 million were Americans. If in doubt whether our information has leaked to Cambridge Analytica, we need to perform the following steps:

  • The first step we need to take is to open our trusted browser and log into Facebook. To do this we go to the search bar, located at the top of the screen and go to the official Facebook page.
  • With this action we will go directly to Facebook. Now we have to carry out the login by entering our email address and password in the boxes that require it. Then we click on Sign in.

  • Next, what we need to do is  open a new tab, by clicking on the (+) sign located at the top of the screen next to the Facebook tab.

Check if Facebook filters my data

  • In that new tab we go to the address bar of the top bar and let's go to this link. It should be noted that to enter this page we must have started the Facebook session.
  • We will now go directly into the Facebook help desk, to check if our information has been shared with Cambridge Analytica.
  • On this page we see that Facebook offers us the possibility of check if our information has been shared.
  • If we keep downloading and reading, we will find one box that informs us whether our information has been shared or not.
  • They usually tell us that neither we nor our friends log into This Is Your Digital Life.

In case our information is leaked, there is not much we can do, as it is on the web. We only recommend that you be more careful and increase the security of your account.



In this way, by following all the steps, we have checked whether our Facebook information has leaked to Cambridge Analytica or not.

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