You might be logged in to dozens of hundreds of apps with your Facebook account.
These apps can see your friends list, your profile picture, networks you belong to and more.
Here’s how to find out which apps have data on you, and how to cut them off.
If’ you’ve ever opened an app and selected the option to “log in with Facebook” instead of creating a new account, chances are that the people or company behind that app know a lot about you. According to Facebook, each app that you log into will get your gender, networks you belong to, username, your user ID, your full name and your profile picture. They also get access to your full friends list and any other public info on your profile. And you may have used this method to log into apps a dozen or more times.
Cambridge Analytica data is a political research firm that was able to access data on more than 50 million Facebook users through a third-party personality quiz application without the knowledge or consent of users. The quiz maker wasn’t supposed to pass the information along, but Facebook had no technical measures in place to prevent it.
HOW TO HUNT THEM DOWN — AND CUT THEM OFF
- On desktop or mobile app, tap the drop-down menu on the top-right side of Facebook and select “Settings.”
- Select the “Apps” option. This is on the left side of the page on desktop. On mobil, simply scroll down to the settings page.
This will show you all the apps that have access to the aforementioned data. To delete an app, just select it and tap the “X” button in the right corner, then select remove. Unfortunately, any data that you’ve previously shared will still be obtained by the app, but it won’t get any new data on you.
You can also manage settings for apps you still want to use. Instead of deleting a favored app, select the “edit” button while hovering over the app and then unchecked options that let it view my friends list and e-mail address.