Facebook has been in the news recently after UK company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of millions of their users by way of a questionnaire app.
When this was discovered it was thought that 50 million users had been affected, but that number jumped up to 87 million just yesterday. We now know how many of those users are South African, and it’s a thankfully a relatively small number.
We’ve been told by a Facebook spokesperson that there were only 33 users who installed the app in the country. 59 777 South Africa users in total have been “potentially impacted” and have had their details compromised.
The huge difference in those two numbers stems from the fact that the app relied on sharing between friends who may have been in different countries. To patch up this problem Facebook has recently clamped down on what information advertisers have access to. In a addition, all users will now see more about what apps they’re using and what data they have access to, so they can make better decisions about what software they use.
On top of this, those potentially impacted will be given an alert so they can see what data could have been shared. If you’re someone locally or internationally who is more than a little irked by all this, here are the steps to permanently delete your Facebook account.
We also suggest that you put in a personal data request to see exactly what information the site has stored about you.